10 Unexpected Man-Made Things We Thought Were Created Naturally

If you were asked to choose between something natural versus its man-made replica without second-guessing, you would probably choose the natural product. We think natural products are better than their man-made alternatives. But is this really the case? And are we capable of distinguishing the differences between them?

Bright Side created a list of 10 things that most people consider to be 100% natural when in fact, they are actually man-made or have in some way been altered by humans. Let's see if you can distinguish them.

1. Diamonds

About 90% of diamonds in wedding rings are natural, but there's a certain percent of these precious stones that are made in laboratories. Do you think you'd be able to distinguish a real diamond from a fake one?

9. The Amazon basin

The Amazon Basin is known for its unique and diverse flora and fauna, but it's not as natural as you would've thought. Research has found that the area has been reshaped by human intervention. The Amazonians built dams, made canals, and planted trees that were essential to their existence and all of this was done in harmony with nature so that both nature and humans could prosper.

8. Smog

Smog is formed when the level of air pollution increases to the point that it creates smoky fog-like conditions. Smog is especially hazardous to the health of senior citizens, children, and people with heart and lung conditions.

7. Morning Glory Pool

Yellowstone National Park's Morning Glory Pool is an attraction that gathers many tourists who think that the distinct color of the pool is a natural phenomenon. This is far from the truth. In the 1960s, the color of the pool was blue due to the bacteria that inhabit the water. The tourists who visited the hot spring threw pennies, rocks, and all sorts of garbage into the Morning Glory Pool which caused the temperature of the pool to drop, causing the sunlight to react differently with the pool's ecology. This is why the pool changed its color to the brilliant hues of yellow, green, and blue that we see today.

6. Pearls

Naturally occurring pearls are extremely rare. The vast majority of pearls that we see in the market are cultured pearls that are produced by mimicking the natural process in a controlled environment.

5. Climate change

We often say that the climate is changing. But this statement isn't exactly correct. We should say that the climate is being changed as the change is happening because of human activity and not by the will of nature. It is time that we all join hands to at least slow the pace of this change and, if possible, reverse the change.

4. Fly Geyser

A coincidence of human error and natural geothermal pressure created this surreal looking rainbow-colored geologic wonder. It all began when a drilling expedition that went haywire combined with natural geothermal pressure at the location, causing the geyser to erupt.

3. Spiders

While rapid urbanization has mostly been detrimental to most species, destroying their habitat and replacing them with concrete jungles to suit the ever-burgeoning human population, few species have been able to adapt to the new conditions and thrive in it. The golden orb weaver spider is one of them. These spiders are growing larger and are reproducing faster, all thanks to large cities.

2. Rainbow rose

If you ever looked at a rainbow rose and felt astonished by this wonder of nature, then we're sorry to break it to you, but you were wrong. While the rose is natural, the colors on its petals are artificially produced.

1. Some earthquakes

Whenever an earthquake strikes, we almost always blame nature's fury for wreaking havoc on human lives. But it's not always nature's fault. In recent times, human activities such as drilling for oil, building dams, and fracking have caused some terrifying earthquakes, including the one in India that was caused by the construction of the Koyna Dam — a disaster which claimed 177 lives and left 50,000 people homeless.

Which of these surprised you the most? Do you know of any other natural-looking things that are actually man-made? Share with us in the comments!

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