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Why Is Ireland's Giant's Causeway Shaped Like That? How Do Death Valley’s “Sailing Stones” Move Themselves Across the Desert? Start at the Furnace Creek visitor center in Death Valley National Park.

How Do Death Valley’s “Sailing Stones” Move Themselves Across the Desert?

Drive 50 miles north on pavement, then head west for another 30 miles on bone-rattling gravel roads. During the drive—which will take you four hours if you make good time—you’ll pass sand dunes, a meteor crater, narrow canyons, solitary Joshua trees and virtually no evidence of human existence whatsoever. But soon after cresting the Cottonwood Mountains, you’ll come upon a landscape so out of place even in this geologically bizarre park that it almost seems artificial. Racetrack Playa is a dried-up lakebed, ringed by mountains, about 3 miles long and flat as a tabletop. During summer, the cracked floor looks prehistoric under the desert sun; during winter, it’s intermittently covered by sheets of ice and dustings of snow. The Door to Hell. Real Places On Earth So Surreal, They Look Like Alien Landscapes.

Golden rain : chemicalreactiongifs. Wierdest Chemical Reaction I have Ever Freaking Seen!! St. Elmo's fire. St.

St. Elmo's fire

Elmo's fire on a ship at sea St. Elmo's fire is named after St. Why, Exactly, Does The Sun Turn Green? This Gemstone Is Two Different Colors At Once. Listen to the Strange Phenomenon of "Singing Stones" Cave of Crystal Giants. In a nearly empty cantina in a dark desert town, the short, drunk man makes his pitch.

Cave of Crystal Giants

Beside him on the billiards table sits a chunk of rock the size of home plate. Dozens of purple and white crystals push up from it like shards of glass. "Yours for $300," he says. "No? One hundred. This remote part of northern Mexico, an hour or so south of Chihuahua, is famous for crystals, and paychecks at the local lead and silver mine, where almost everyone works, are meager enough to inspire a black market. Nature be doing crazy shit again. Hard rime. Rime on a tree (close-up) Hard rime formations are difficult to shake off; they have a comb-like appearance, unlike soft rime, which looks feathery or spiky, or clear ice, which looks homogeneous and transparent.

Hard rime

Rime ice can accumulate on the leading edges and control surfaces of aircraft operating in certain meteorological conditions. Mystery of Death Valley's Moving Rocks Solved. The first witnesses to an enduring natural mystery are an engineer, a biologist and a planetary scientist who met thanks to a remote weather station.

Mystery of Death Valley's Moving Rocks Solved

This odd group has captured the first video footage of Death Valley's sailing stones creeping across Racetrack Playa. For a century, these eerie rocks and their long, graceful trails have stumped visitors and scientists. The Wanderer by Paul Rojas / 500px. How do Ghost Forests Happen? This Is Why Some Sand Dunes Sing. Giant Ammonite fossil and Otto. The Truth About Real-Life Dire Wolves. IM__A__DOG__AMA comments on A map of the worlds deepest cave. It takes over a month to reach the bottom. Tunnel O' Fish : interestingasfuck. Manpupuner rock formations. Russian stamp depicting the Manpupuner rock formations.

Manpupuner rock formations

This snake looks like it came right out of our imagination : woahdude. Centralia mine fire. The Centralia mine fire is a coal seam fire that has been burning underneath the borough of Centralia, Pennsylvania, United States since at least May 27, 1962.

Centralia mine fire

The cause of the fire is suspected to be from a trash burning that hit a coal strip in a cave. The fire burns in underground coal mines at depths of up to 300 feet over an eight-mile stretch of 3,700 acres.[1] As of 2015[update], the fire continues to burn. Bearded Vultures Are The Most Punk Rock Animals In The World. Before A Solar Eclipse, The Whole World Goes Wavy. Bull.

Before A Solar Eclipse, The Whole World Goes Wavy

The phenomenon is called "a glitch". Here's What The Night Sky Would Look Like With Much Better Eyes. Under water spider. The Ancient Secrets of a "Bleeding" Glacier Are Finally Being Revealed. This Tree Bleeds When You Cut Into It. IN NORWAY. Snow roller. A snow roller is a rare meteorological phenomenon in which large snowballs are formed naturally as chunks of snow are blown along the ground by wind, picking up material along the way, in much the same way that the large snowballs used in snowmen are made.

Snow roller

Unlike snowballs made by people, snow rollers are typically cylindrical in shape, and are often hollow since the inner layers, which are the first layers to form, are weak and thin compared to the outer layers and can easily be blown away, leaving what looks like a doughnut or Swiss roll. Snow rollers have been seen to grow as large as two feet in diameter. The following conditions are needed for snow rollers to form: Because of this last condition, snow rollers are more common in hilly areas. However, the precise nature of the conditions required makes them a very rare phenomenon.

Sunstone (medieval) Iceland spar, possibly the Icelandic medieval sunstone used to locate the sun in the sky when obstructed from view.

Sunstone (medieval)

A stone found in Alderney amid the wreckage of a 16th-century warship in early 2013 may lend evidence of the existence of sunstones as navigational devices.[2] One medieval source in Iceland, "Rauðúlfs þáttr",[3][4] mentions the sunstone as a mineral by means of which the sun could be located in an overcast and snowy sky by holding it up and noting where it emitted, reflected or transmitted light (hvar geislaði úr honum).[5] Sunstones are also mentioned in Hrafns saga Sveinbjarnarsonar (13th century)[6] and in church and monastic inventories (14th–15th century) without discussing their attributes. The sunstone texts of Hrafns saga Sveinbjarnarsonar were copied to all four versions of the medieval hagiography Guðmundar saga góða.[7] A Simple Optical Phenomenon That No One's Figured Out Yet. Given the distances involved and altitude, how about magnetic lensing and/or magnetic effects upon the ice crystal structures?

Magnetic fields can be very powerful, but variable. The locations of magnetic fields and pressure-temperatures required would mean that there would only be a few seconds where the lensing effect would actually be noticeable. It would be even more interesting if the magnetic fields would vary the shapes of the ice crystals to help produce the effect. Complete stab in the dark, of course, for such a light subject. A floating fire ant raft is pushed down on the surface of water. MrDorkESQ comments on So last night, during sunset, as the full moon was rising, and while driving out of a bad storm, the sky sorta... divided. Anyone know what this is?

The Schiller Effect Makes Stone Seem to Light Up Internally. Bismuth crystals. Behold The Marvel Of Nature That Is A Cloudbow. 21 Biblical Weather Events That Actually Happened. Condition Called Tetrachromacy Allows This Artist To See 100 Million Colors. It’s always been fun to discuss whether or not people perceive colors in the same way. That can be tricky enough when dealing with individuals with normal color perception, but those who have various degrees of color blindness have a limited range. But what about those who have a greater range? The human eye is packed with millions of cone-shaped cells that allow for color to be perceived. For those with normal vision, the three types of cones allow vision of about one million distinctive colors. Some animal species including certain birds, insects, fish, and reptiles, have a fourth type of cone cell that extends color perception into the UV range.

Antico, who now lives in California, is an impressionist. The genes responsible for red and green cone cells are located on the X-chromosome. Even though tetrachromats’ eyes may be able to interpret a wider range of the electromagnetic spectrum, most vision really happens in the brain. Terrifyingly Brilliant Spider Creates Stunningly Advanced Web. I have a healthy respect for spider ingenuity.

One summer, these penny sized spiders kept making huge webs in the evening on the front porch that we kept walking into when we came out of the house. But, after about a week, the spiders moved their webs up and to the right about a foot, just enough to let a human pass by without hitting it. On the plus side, it was surprisingly considerate of them. Gigantopithecus. Can Arthritic Joints Really Predict The Weather?

Marina Del Rey, CA (PRWEB) April 01, 2014. The Strangest Animals You've Never Heard Of. This is a place in Ireland where every 2 years, the stars line up with this trail in mid June. It's called the 'Heaven's Trail'. : pics. Watch an X-Class Solar Flare Ignite the Skies Over Iceland. RomJonNoMind comments on When you combine a controlled wildfire burn, and a dust devil. p49J3rc.gif (350×190) 5 Insane Myths Your Grandma Told You (Science Says Are True) A sea cave in the Algarve, Portugal [1200x1600] : EarthPorn. Lost River (Indiana) The Lost River is about 87 miles (140 km) long,[3] and its name is derived from the fact that at least 23 miles (37 km) of the primary course of the river flows completely underground.

The river's underground channels may in fact cover hundreds of miles, as the underground caverns have never been fully explored. Scientists finally know what created these mysterious rainforest structures! Long Before Trees Overtook the Land, Earth Was Covered by Giant Mushrooms. You Won't Believe These Patterns Created by Flocks of Birds in Flight. In bird-clouds that I've seen, they are not only swooping around in mathematically elegant patterns, they are also moving really, really fast. Those birds have to be colliding pretty often. No matter how agile they are, at a certain density it seems like there would not be enough empty space to avoid other birds. 6 Horrifying Videos That Prove Nature is Trying to Kill Us. The Uncanny Places on Earth That Look Like Alien Worlds. Facebook. Top 10 Adventures You Don't Hear About. How did crows develop a social safety net? I have to share my Raven story. Striking natural landscapes that look like works of fantasy art.

The bizarre life forms that cannot be categorized. Bee Orchid. Butterflies remember a mountain that hasn't existed for millennia. BBC Nature - Diving bell spiders use bubble webs 'like gills' Facebook. Things May Be Bad, But at Least Our Streets Don't Burp Mystery Goo - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - 05/20/13. Weird Places. Facebook. Weird Places: Europe's Dancing, Crooked Forests. Facebook. The mysterious fairy circles of Namibia. Fairy Rings. Facebook. We have absolutely no clue what built this crazy-complex structure. Facebook. Facebook. An eagle, a fox and my cat all getting along fine on my porch. Snake Insistently Plays Dead, Is a Giant Ham About It.