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23 utterly amazing natural phenomena that are seemingly impossible

Our planet always knows how to surprise its inhabitants: it displays fireworks, whirls out sparkling fishes, and builds huge mountains. 

Bright Side collected 23 shots that prove nature has a very rich imagination.

Mud Storms

Mud storms occur when lightning appears in a volcanic plume.

''Magic Circles'' in Namibia

Investigators of this mysterious phenomenon suggest that it's the ''masterpiece'' of desert termites.

The Giant's Causeway

This is a result of the eruption of an ancient volcano in Northern Ireland. It created a terrain that's covered with 40 000 tightly contiguous basalt pillars.

Lenticular clouds

These clouds in northern Georgia, USA are a rare natural phenomenon. 

Catatumbo Lightning

Lightning flashes appear over water 140-160 nights a year, for ten hours a night, and up to 280 times per hour.

Christmas Island Red Crabs

Each year, about 43 million land crabs move in masses to the ocean to lay their eggs. Local authorities close most of the roads for a week so as to not interfere with the migration.

Great Blue Hole

The gigantic underwater sinkhole off the coast of Belize is more than 300 meters in diameter and 124 meters deep. 

Undulatus Asperatus Clouds

These clouds are called undulatus asperatus, or rough waves. This type of cloud, with a rather mysterious form, was recently included in the classification by the head of the Cloud Appreciation Society.

Lake Natron, Tanzania

This saltwater lake, which is fed by hot springs, is the only place that looks exactly like a flamingo.

The Spotted Lake

The Canadian Spotted Lake is the world's greatest reserve of magnesium sulfate, calcium, and sodium.

The ''Door to Hell'', Turkmenistan

This is a fire at a gas mine that broke out in 1971. It was due to the researchers' negligence and still hasn't ceased.

Spherical Boulders in New Zealand

Due to the erosion of the shore's argillaceous rocks, spherically-shaped boulders come out.

Flammable Ice Bubbles

These are methane bubbles caught in an ice trap in Abraham Lake, Canada.‎

Frozen flowers

In the calm waters of lakes and seas, where the surface has just started freezing up (about -22°C), appear ice crystals of wondrous beauty.

Black Sun

Upwards of 50,000 starlings flock in the skies into huge twittering flocks. This phenomenon has also been called a ''rumble.''

Sailing stones of the Death Valley

In a deserted valley in the USA exists a unique geological phenomenon: fragments of rocks move along the smooth ground without any help, leaving long traces behind.

Underwater Crop Circles

Off the coast of Japan, deft pufferfish males create perfectly aligned circles with chiseled edges. These works of art are designed to fascinate and attract females.

Migrating Monarch Butterflies

Covering thousands of kilometers, massive flocks of butterflies briskly move from Canada to the south of the United States.

The Blooming Desert

In the years when Chile is more rainy than usual, the Atacama Desert is covered with flowers and herbs.

Mammatus Clouds

Such clouds are very rare; they mainly appear in tropical latitudes. They are bound with the formation of a tropical cyclone.

Bioluminescent waves on the beaches of the Maldives

Some phytoplankton species are capable of luminescence.

Rainbow Eucalyptus

This happens because eucalyptus peels in different sections. Each piece of the bark gradually gets blue, purple, orange, and then maroon.

Sardine Run

From May to July, billions of sardines run to the North along the East coast of South Africa.

Winnie the Pooh Cloud

During a children's charity event in Dorset, England, the guests saw all of a sudden the cloud of Winnie that looked as if he were smiling and relaxing after a feast of honey.

A 'cloud tsunami'

This breathtaking massive wave rolling over Sydney. Its picture stunned the whole world.

Dust storm

This huge dust storm hit Western Australia in early 2013.

Preview photo credit Brett Martin
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