Nobody can fathom her, some have studied her, some have tried to defeat her, but Mother Nature will win out in the long run. Here are some of her most fascinating mysteries and naturally occurring phenomena. By the way, phenomena means a remarkable observable fact or event.
Glowing water, that cannot be true, I hear you say. After the sun goes down, schools of fish can be seen glowing greenish-blue in the water in Thailand. What a wonderful sight. There are several places on earth where plankton lights up the water. Bioluminescent plankton, can you believe that?
Love surfing? Well very occasionally when the moon is full in February and March, there is a spot where the Amazon River meets the Atlantic Ocean and here you can find waves that reach up to 13 feet high. Surfers flock to the sea, jumping on their boards. The local people would not dream of entering the water at this special time as they fear the fantastic force of the waves. Though there are many theories as to why they are called pororoca, one of the most popular is that it comes from “poroc-poroc” which in the indigenous Brazilian language of Tupi means “great destructive noise”. There certainly is a wonderfully loud noise when these two great beasts meet.
Raining blood….. absolutely not! In India there have been many reports of blood red rain falling from the heavens. The 2001 spotting in Kerala, India was likely one of the most well known. The red rainfall was not an extraterrestrial intervention as many believed then, instead it was caused by the presence of spores in the air and red algae coming from the ocean. Turning the normal rain a beautiful red colour. Mystery solved…
Unexplained moving rocks….only in Death Valley, America. One of the least inhabited places on the planet is Death Valley in California. Here you can see sailing stones, these are rocks found at the end of a track in the sand. The track suggests that the stones were able to move. With no scientific explanation for this geological phenomenon, the sailing stones remain a mystery.
Zimbabwian moonbows are a very rare phenomenon, they are not classed as a rainbow but a moonbow. The cause is a reflection of moonlight instead of sunlight. Autumn and Spring give the best examples. The best places to see these moonbows are close to waterfalls like in Yosemite National Park, California, Corbin, Kentucky or Victoria Falls as well as in Africa on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. They make the most beautiful picture. Magic!
Denmark is the home to a phenomenon called ‘Sort-Sol’. This is the black cloud of birds who take to the skies in March and April. At this time in the southwestern marshlands of Denmark, one million birds flock to the skies during sunset and the sun is actually blocked by the birds, hence the name black sun. Beautiful to watch and amazing to listen to…
Have you heard of The Aurora Borealis? This is an optical phenomenon which manifests in the atmosphere showing green, blue or red in the night sky. We now know that this is caused by the interaction of charged particles (protons and electrons) from the sun with the Earth’s ionosphere. Imagine if you were early man or woman looking up into the night sky, this would have been a truly amazing sight. Apparently the phenomenon is more intense during periods of high solar activity. Definitely worth a visit to Norway to catch a glimpse of the green glittering skies.