8 Anomalies of Our Planet That Scientists Struggle to Explain
Our planet will never cease to amaze us. There's something incredible in every corner of the world, something that makes even the sturdiest of skeptics believe in miracles.
Bright Side made a list of 8 such places, filled with wonder and mystery.
Gravity Hills, India
If you park a car at the foot of the hill and put it in neutral, it will start moving up the hill. The impression is that there's some invisible force pulling the car upward. There is no definitive explanation for this phenomenon, but some think it's an illusion created by a gravity hill.
Dolmens (Roknia, Korea, China, India, Israel, Scandinavia, Russia)
Huge ancient stone slabs forming a kind of ''table'' are found in very different places on our planet. Archeologists consider them to be the tombs of ancient priests. Dolmens alter clock rates and make other devices behave strangely.
Eternal Flame Falls, USA
An unusual waterfall created by nature itself. Its phenomenon is explained by small fissures emitting natural gas. Sometimes the flame extinguishes and must be re-ignited. There's even a belief that whoever reanimates the flame will be blessed with fortune.
Castle Frangokastello, Greece
Crete is known for the only documented time mirage in the world. Every year, around the end of May, shadows of armed footsoldiers and equestrians go from the monastery of Agios Charalambos to the fort of Frangokastello. The phenomenon is observed in the early morning when the sea is quiet and the air humidity is high, and it lasts for about 10 minutes. The German forces that occupied these lands almost went mad with fear and started firing at the mirage.
Czech Catacombs, the Czech Republic
Legends tell of sounds of an organ from the Czech catacombs. In 1996, scientists documented them. The underground passage is 30 feet deep, and there's not a single room that could fit a musical instrument of such a size around there. Witnesses were also examined by psychologists to eliminate the theory of mass hallucination. The main sensation, though, became the ''Shining corridor.'' Samples showed there was no phosphorus in it. At first glance, the corridor is quite ordinary, but soon it begins to emit a reddish-orange glow.
The Stone Forest, China
Perhaps the greatest wonder of this country. The Stone Forest appeared more than 200 million years ago. Before that there was the sea, where thick layers of limestone formed huge constructs. Tectonic movements made the stones surface. In the underground part of the forest, Qifeng Cave is a place of true wonder: from August until November, every 30 minutes an underground river makes a vortex that lasts for just a few minutes and then dissipates rapidly.
The River of Five Colors, Colombia
For the most part of the year this river looks just like any other, but in the summer it turns into a multicolored tapestry. Unique weeds decorate the river in red, pink, blue, green, and yellow colors. According to legends, underneath the cascade of waterfalls lies the treasure of La Mojana (the Mother of Water).
Blood Falls, Antarctica
This blood-red waterfall doesn't freeze even at -10°C. The glacier is considered to be one of the coldest ones with liquid flowing water. A group of scientists from Harvard University proved that the ''blood lake'' is inhabited with microbes that cause this incredible natural phenomenon.