15 Natural Formations You Wouldn’t Believe Aren’t Man-Made
What are some of the most breathtaking natural sights? You might say the rains or the rainbow or the waves. But have you ever seen a mammatus cloud? Or the frozen bubble lake? There are some very beautiful natural creations which also draw thousands of tourists every year and you must know about them.
Some of these natural sights depend upon their geography while some of them work in specific weathers of climatic conditions. So what are some of the most beautiful natural sights in the world?
1Have you ever seen any bioluminescent waves?
You might have seen these kinds of waves in movies because they look truly unreal. These kind of waves light up the shorelines of beaches and they look like someone has set up thousands of tiny lights on the sand. According to Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, the waves are caused by something called a phytoplankton bloom. The very small organisms which live in the phytoplankton usually get illuminated when there is movement, and thus causes the waves to light up.
2Blue lava volcanoes are beautiful
A blue lava volcano is very different than a regular volcano. Firstly, because when it explodes, it erupts with a shining and hot blue electric lava. If you think normal lava is bad, this is obviously ten times as harsh. But a blue lava volcano eruption can only be recognized in the dark, as the blue light shines. If it erupts in daytime, it might just end up looking like a normal volcano eruption. The lava turns blue as the flames come in contact with the gases which are generated if the temperature is very high, and the gases contain sulphur. In the year 2014, the French photographer Olivier Grunewald captured some amazing pictures of the Indonesian Kawah Ijen volcano which was erupting blue lava.
3You must hear about the turquoise ice crystals
These natural formations look like jewels in the ice. They literally make the ice glow and look like somebody has embedded gems in the snow. So, how do they work? These fascinating ice crystals can be found around the icy Lake Baikal in Russia, which is the oldest lake in the world. Every winter, the lake freezes and turns into hard ice. Did you know Baikal is also the world’s largest freshwater lake? When the lake completely freezes, huge pieces of clear ice forms on the outer surface and it looks like light blue ice, which looks like gems.
4Have you seen mountains that are technicoloured?
In Northern China’s Zhangye National Geopark national park, you can find these gorgeous technicoloured mountains. The mountains are formations of varied colours. We bet you are thinking, how they are created? They were formed when layers of various coloured sandstones which have been clumped together for millions of years and were hauled up by plates. These landforms are formed when sandstone is deposited and gather in a certain way. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2010. China is taking landform tourism seriously and is making the site more convenient for visitors. It attracts thousands of people every year and several roads and boardwalks are being constructed to attract tourists. The best time to be here would be in mid-summer or peak spring.
5What is a snow roller?
Have you ever seen huge balls of snow naturally forming? They are exactly what they sound like. They often look man-made because of their perfect formations, which makes it look like they were formed for amusement purposes. But snow rollers are an unusual meteorological phenomenon in which huge balls of snow are formed without any man-made help. They are completely natural formations and are known by many named like snow bales or wind snowballs. Here’s how it works: In really windy hilly areas chunks of snow are blown into a ball and they get bigger as they roll down as they collect more and more materials from their natural surroundings.