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As well known and well traveled as our planet is, there are still new things being discovered every day. In fact, most of our oceans haven’t even been explored yet which is why when new depths are located; they often come with hundreds of new species. Rain forests offer up new animals and plants as often as we can explore them.
As a follow up to Cedestras brilliant list of 20 amazing and unusual weather phenomena , I have decided to make a list with 10 more items. Our atmosphere shows off so many strange and wonderful displays, but often times these brilliant phenomena happen so rarely, and in places all over the world (insert lame ‘once in a blue moon’ pun here). Now then, onto the list! Lunar Corona Formation This item, a personal favorite of mine and one that’s amazing in itself starts off the list. A Lunar Corona formation is formed through a mix of thin cloud and small droplets in the air.
On our previous list, Top 10 Amazing Natural Wonders , we covered a variety of amazing places. With this list we are showing some more amazing wonders which are less about places and more about formations and events. Be sure to add your own favorites to the comments for all to enjoy – preferably with links to images. An ice circle is a rare phenomenon that occurs in slow moving water in cold climates. It consists of large discs of ice that rotate slowly in the water.
This is a list of islands that are somehow unusual or notable. The ranking from ten to one is somewhat arbitrary, in my opinion, since each island is unique in its own way and ratings can’t really apply (it would be kind of like asking which piece of music is better, “Stairway to Heaven” or “Eine kleine Nachtmusik”). So this one is really more like a grocery list than a “countdown from ten to one” list.
The universe can be a very strange place. While groundbreaking ideas such as quantum theory, relativity and even the Earth going around the Sun might be commonly accepted now, science still continues to show that the universe contains things you might find it difficult to believe, and even more difficult to get your head around. Theoretically, the lowest temperature that can be achieved is absolute zero, exactly ?
Nemesis is a hypothetical red dwarf star [ 1 ] or brown dwarf , [ 2 ] originally postulated in 1984 to be orbiting the Sun at a distance of about 95,000 AU (1.5 light-years ), [ 2 ] somewhat beyond the Oort cloud , to explain a perceived cycle of mass extinctions in the geological record , which seem to occur more often at intervals of 26 million years. [ 2 ] [ 3 ] As of 2012 [update] , over 1800 brown dwarfs have been identified and none of them are inside the Solar System . [ 4 ] There are actually fewer brown dwarfs in our cosmic neighborhood than previously thought. Rather than one star for every brown dwarf, there may be as many as six stars for every brown dwarf. [ 5 ]
Ok, I know I wasn’t supposed to do any more plant lists, but I couldn’t help myself. By killer plants I do not mean as in Top 10 Carnivorous Plants , plants that kill little insects, and the occasional rat, but plants that are well known to kill people. All plants contain some toxins as protection against predators. We already know, from Top 10 Poisonous foods we love to eat , that even apple seeds contain traces of cyanide.
1999 Total Solar Eclipse Sequence This sequence encompasses the entire eclipse from start to finish. (click to see more photos) (c) Copyright 2009 by Fred Espenak Introduction
Introduction An ocean tide refers to the cyclic rise and fall of seawater. Tides are caused by slight variations in gravitational attraction between the Earth and the moon and the Sun in geometric relationship with locations on the Earth's surface.
In man’s search for mineral wealth, many enormous holes have been dug. In addition, nature occasionally produces some astounding holes. This list is a pick of the ten most spectacular natural or manmade holes in the face of the earth. Many thanks to rushfan for sending in the images for this list. Click the images for a larger view. Chuquicamata is an open pit copper mine in Chile.