1. The underwater forest of Lake Kaindy.
Kaindy Lake is a 400 meter long lake in Kazakhstan’s portion of the Tian Shan Mountains located 129 km from the city of Almaty.
3. Volcanic lightning aka “dirty thunderstorms.”
A dirty thunderstorm is a weather phenomenon that occurs when lightning is produced in a volcanic plume.
5. Frozen air bubbles in Abraham Lake.
Abraham Lake is an artificial lake on North Saskatchewan River in western Alberta, Canada. The plants on the lake bed release methane gas and methane gets frozen once coming close enough to much colder lake surface and they keep stacking up below once the weather gets colder and colder during [the] winter season.
6. Giant clouds over Beijing.
According to the National Center for Atmospheric Research, it was just a giant cumulonimbus cloud, and its unusual shape was formed due to the fact that the cloud initially developed vertically, but after meeting with warmer layers of air began to grow horizontally.
8. Underground natural springs in Mexico.
Ik-Kil Cenote, Chichen Itza: A cenote is a natural deposit of spring water found underground.
9. Giant crystal cave in Nacia, Mexico.
The cave is 950 feet (290 meters) underground. The Naica mining complex, which yields lead, zinc, copper, silver, and gold, zigzags nearly half a mile underground (760 meters).
10. Shimmering shores of Vaadhoo, Maldives.
Bioluminescence causes the shoreline to glow at night. This occurs when a micro-organism in the water is disturbed by oxygen. Avatar, much?
11. Reflective salt flats in Bolivia.
Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat at 4,086 sq mi. This is not water, the ground is covered in a layer of salt crust so reflective, it perfectly mirrors the sky.
12. Light pillars over Moscow.
A light pillar is a visual phenomenon created by the reflection of light from ice crystals with near horizontal parallel planar surfaces.
13. Natural salt water fountain off the coast of Oregon.
The Spouting Horn at Cook’s Chasm and the Thor’s Well are both a salt water fountain driven by the power of the ocean tide.
14. Beautiful sandstone formations in Arizona.
The Wave is a sandstone formation on the slopes of the Coyote Buttes in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, located in northern portion of the U.S. state of Arizona.
15. Rainbow Eucalyptus trees in Kailua, Hawaii.
The multi-coloured streaks on its trunk comes from patches of outer bark that are shed annually at different times, showing the bright-green inner bark.
16. Spiderweb cocooned trees in Pakistan.
An unexpected side-effect of the flooding in parts of Pakistan has been that millions of spiders climbed up into the trees to escape the rising flood waters. Because of the scale of the flooding and the fact that the water has taken so long to recede, many trees have become cocooned in ghostly spiders webs.
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