While we are out exploring other planets, there are some truly incredible things occurring on our own.
Natural phenomena happen all over the world, and often we can’t account for what causes them. The only thing that is certain about these anomalies is that they are beautiful spectacles that have to be seen to be believed.
Take a look at some incredible natural phenomena around the world.
Natural Phenomena Around the World
Venezuela's Never-ending Storm
Located on the mouth of the Catatumbo River at Lake Maracaibo, the ‘Everlasting Storm’ is a cloud-to-cloud lightning that forms a voltage arc more than five kilometers high during 140 to 160 nights a year, 10 hours a night, and as many as 280 times an hour. This abundance of lightning is recognized as the single greatest generator of the planet’s ozone.
The Rain of Fish in Honduras
In the Departamento de Yoro between the months of May and July, a dark cloud forms over the town followed by 2-3 hours of thunder, lightning, and strong winds. After the rains clear, the grounds are littered with hundreds of live fish. The people cook up the fish (which are believed to have been sucked up from a nearby lake by the intense winds and then rained down on the town). Since 1998, a festival known as “Festival de la Lluvia de Peces” is celebrated every year in the city.
Morocco's Climbing Goats
These goats aren’t specially trained; they just really enjoy the fruit of the argan tree. Farmers follow herds of these goats every year. Not to be entertained by the sight of a climbing goat, but to collect the seeds that the goats spit out. The seeds from the argan tree are crushed and turned into a valuable oil used in cooking and cosmetics.
The Longest Wave on Earth: Brazil
Twice a year, when the waters of the Atlantic Ocean roll up the Amazon, surfers from around the world prepare for a surfing experience that has to be seen to be believed. The phenomenon, known as the Pororoca, generates the longest waves in the world. Waves travel up the Amazon River in Brazil and can be as high as 12 feet, lasting over half an hour! The record for surfing the Pororoca was set by Picuruta Salazar, a Brazilian surfer. In 2003, Salazar managed to ride the wave for 37 minutes and travel 12.5 kilometers.
The Northern Lights of Norway
The Aurora Borealis can be seen from many northern countries, including Russia, Canada, Greenland, Sweden and Scotland. But many agree that Northern Norway offers the best view of this natural phenomenon.
What happens, in the simplest scientific terms, is a collision of charged particles with atoms in the high altitude atmosphere. The solar winds around the Earth carry these colliding particles to the planet’s magnetic poles. The effect is a beautiful greenish, reddish, and sometimes bluish light in the sky. The auroras that resulted from the “great geomagnetic storm” on both 28 August and 2 September 1859 are thought to be the most spectacular in recent recorded history.
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