Natural phenomena are the events that occur naturally without any interference from the man. Everything around us including the change in weather, thunderstorm, rain, sunrise, fog, tidal flow and various biological processes are examples of natural phenomena. Disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tornadoes are also natural phenomena. While these natural phenomena are a common sight there are several of them that you may not be aware of and can be beyond your imagination. Here is a look at 7 lesser known natural phenomena:
- Black Sun
During the spring season, Denmark sees flocks of millions of European starlings come together from all corners to form an incredible formation in the sky. This happens around one and a half hour before the sunset. Known as the black sun this phenomenon occurs throughout the western Denmark marshlands.
- Rain of Fishes
As strange as it may sound, Honduras actually experiences rain of fishes between the months of May and July. It is said that a dark cloud builds in the sky. It is followed by intense thunder, lightning, strong winds and heavy rainfall that lasts for about 2 to 3 hours. Hundreds of fishes are seen lying on the ground after the rain stops.
- Dirty Thunderstorm
This is associated with the production of lightning in a volcanic plume. This natural phenomenon has occurred above the Chaiten Volcano in Chile, Mount Augustine Volcano in Alaska, Mount Etna Volcano in Sicily and Eyjafjallajokull Volcano in Iceland.
Between the months of February and March, the water in the Atlantic Ocean rolls up the Amazon river in Brazil thereby generating the longest wave on Earth. Waves up to 12 feet high are generated during this tidal bore and these can last for more than half an hour.
- Frozen Bubbles
Abraham Lake in western Alberta, Canada, is also known for a bizarre natural phenomenon. It creates frozen bubbles under the ice. This happens because the decaying plants on the surface of the lake emit methane gas and their bubbles get trapped below the surface when the lake starts to freeze.
- Red Rain
The Indian state of Kerala experienced red rain between the months of July and September in the year 2001. There was heavy downpour and the colour of the rain drops was red. Black, green and yellow coloured rain was also reported. It was said that the rain was coloured via airborne spores from a prolific terrestrial alga.
- Mysterious Fairy Circle
Patterns of bare circles, more commonly known as the fairy circles, cover most part of the Namib Desert. The origin of these circles is debatable. Some researchers claim that termites create these fairy circles under the soil that clear any plant growth around their nests. Others state that these circles are created by plants competing for water supply.
Natural phenomena sure are bizarre and intriguing. The more you try to explore these, the more mysterious and alluring they appear.