25+ Rare Natural Phenomena You Probably Didn’t Know Happen On Earth


September 19th, 2016   |   Updated on June 5th, 2020

Our planet is full of amazing natural phenomena that you can ever imagine. We’ve curated some of the rarest of  rare natural phenomena that occur on earth for you. Check out these jaw-dropping images of our planet, which will leave you stunned:

1. Glowing Ocean Neon, Indian Ocean


Milky seas, or mareel, is a condition on the ocean where large areas of seawater appear to glow brilliantly enough at night to be seen by satellites orbiting Earth. Read more.


2. The Spotted Lake, Canada


Spotted Lake is richly concentrated with various minerals. It contains dense deposits of magnesium sulfate, calcium and sodium sulphates. It also contains high concentrations of eight other minerals and lower amounts of silver and titanium. Click here.


3. Fields Of Web, Australia


The rampant webs blanketing vast stretches of Wagga Wagga are likely “a dispersal mechanism that allows [spiders] to move out of places where they’d surely be drowned,” said Robert Matthews, a professor emeritus of entomology at the University of Georgia. Visit here to know more.


4. Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park, China


The Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park, also known as Zhangye Danxia Geopark, is located near the city of Zhangye in China’s northwestern Gansu province. It covers an area of 510 square kilometres. Click here.

5. Migration Of Monarch Butterfly, United States


The monarch butterflies will spend their winter hibernation in Mexico and some parts of Southern California where it is warm all year long. If the monarch lives in the Eastern states, usually east of the Rocky Mountains, it will migrate to Mexico and hibernate in oyamel fir trees. Source.

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6. Frozen Methane Bubbles, Alaska


Arctic methane release is the release of methane from seas and soils in permafrost regions of the Arctic, due to deglaciation. While a long-term natural process, it is exacerbated by global warming. This results in a positive feedback effect, as methane is itself a powerful greenhouse gas. Click here.


7. This Storm, Venezuela


A storm is any disturbed state of an environment or astronomical body’s atmosphere especially affecting its surface, and strongly implying severe weather. Topic source.


8. Hair Ice, Wales

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Hair ice is a type of ice that forms on dead wood and takes the shape of fine, silky hair. It is somewhat uncommon, and has been reported mostly at latitudes between 45 and 55°N in broadleaf forests.The meteorologist and discoverer of continental drift, Alfred Wegener, described hair ice on wet dead wood in 1918, assuming some specific fungi as the catalyst, a theory mostly confirmed by Gerhart Wagner and Christian Mätzler in 2005. Fact source.


9. Crooked Forest, Poland


The Crooked Forest is a grove of oddly-shaped pine trees located outside Nowe Czarnowo, West Pomerania, Poland. This grove of approximately 400 pines was planted around 1930, when its location was still within the German province of Pomerania. It is generally believed that some form of human tool or technique was used to make the trees grow this way, but the method and motive are not currently known. Visit here to know more.


10. Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia


Salar de Uyuni, amid the Andes in southwest Bolivia, is the world’s largest salt flat. It’s the legacy of a prehistoric lake that went dry, leaving behind a desertlike, nearly 11,000-sq.-km. landscape of bright-white salt, rock formations and cacti-studded islands. Its otherworldly expanse can be observed from central Incahuasi Island. Though wildlife is rare in this unique ecosystem, it harbors many pink flamingos. To know more.


11. Sailing Stones, Death Valley


Mystery Solved: “Sailing Stones” of Death Valley Seen in Action for the First Time. Rarely formed sheets of ice push rocks across a dry lake in Death Valley. Racetrack Playa is home to an enduring Death Valley mystery. Read more.


12. Floating In Dead Sea


The salt concentration of the Dead Sea fluctuates around 31.5%. This is unusually high and results in a nominal density of 1.24 kg/l. Anyone can easily float in the Dead Sea because of natural buoyancy. In this respect the Dead Sea is similar to the Great Salt Lake in Utah in the United States. Know more about dead sea.

13. The Blood Rain, Kerela


The Kerala red rain phenomenon was a blood rain event that occurred from 25 July to 23 September 2001, when heavy downpours of red-coloured rain fell sporadically on the southern Indian state of Kerala, staining clothes pink.Yellow, green, and black rain was also reported. Coloured rain was also reported in Kerala in 1896 and several times since, most recently in June 2012, and from 15 November 2012 to 27 December 2012 in eastern and north-central provinces of Sri Lanka. Read more.


14. Colorful Lakes, Indonesia


Kelimutu (pronounced is a volcano, close to the small town of Moni in central Flores island in Indonesia. The volcano is around 50 km to the east of Ende, Indonesia, the capital of Ende regency in East Nusa Tenggara province. Visit here.


15. Fallstreak Hole, New Zealand


A fallstreak hole, also known as a hole punch cloud, punch hole cloud, skypunch, canal cloud or cloud hole, is a large circular or elliptical gap that can appear in cirrocumulus or altocumulus clouds. Such holes are formed when the water temperature in the clouds is below freezing but the water has not frozen yet due to the lack of ice nucleation. When ice crystals do form it will set off a domino effect, due to the Bergeron process, causing the water droplets around the crystals to evaporate: this leaves a large, often circular, hole in the cloud. Read more.


16. Turquoise Ice Laka Baikal


Lake Baikal is a rift lake in Russia, located in southern Siberia, between Irkutsk Oblast to the northwest and the Buryat Republic to the southeast. Lake Baikal is the largest freshwater lake by volume in the world, containing roughly 20% of the world’s unfrozen surface fresh water. Read more.

17. Aurora Borealis, Norway


An aurora, sometimes referred to as a polar light, is a natural light display in the sky, predominantly seen in the high latitude regions. Auroras are produced when the magnetosphere is sufficiently disturbed by the solar wind that the trajectories of charged particles in both solar wind and magnetospheric plasma, mainly in the form of electrons and protons, precipitate them into the upper atmosphere, where their energy is lost. Visit here.


18. Lenticular Clouds


Lenticular clouds (Altocumulus lenticularis) are stationary lens-shaped clouds that form in the troposphere, normally in perpendicular alignment to the wind direction. Lenticular clouds can be separated into altocumulus standing lenticularis (ACSL), stratocumulus standing lenticular (SCSL), and cirrocumulus standing lenticular (CCSL). Because of their shape, they have been offered as an explanation for some unidentified flying object (UFO) sightings. Click here.


19. Supercell


A supercell is a thunderstorm that is characterized by the presence of a mesocyclone: a deep, persistently rotating updraft. For this reason, these storms are sometimes referred to as rotating thunderstorms Of the four classifications of thunderstorms supercells are the overall least common and have the potential to be the most severe. Supercells are often isolated from other thunderstorms, and can dominate the local weather up to 32 kilometres (20 mi) away. Read here about supercell.


20. Volcanic Lightning


A dirty thunderstorm is a weather phenomenon that is related to the production of lightning in a volcanic plume. A famous image of the phenomenon was photographed by Carlos Gutierrez and occurred in Chile above the Chaiten Volcano.It circulated widely on the internet. Read more.


21. Finnish Lapland Structures


Rising eerily from the frozen landscape, these strange shapes look like something from a science-fiction film. But they are here on Earth, frost-covered trees located close to the Arctic Circle, where temperatures can drop as low as -40C. In the dramatic sub-zero conditions, the snow and frost become so thick that everything is covered in a thick blanket. Click here.


22. The Door To Hell



The “Door to Hell” is a natural gas field in Derweze, Turkmenistan, that collapsed into an underground cavern in 1971, becoming a natural gas crater. Click here.


23. Christmas Island Red Crabs



Each year an estimated 43 million land crabs migrate to lay their eggs in the ocean. The Christmas Island red crab is a species of land crab that is endemic to Christmas Island and the Cocos Islands in the Indian Ocean. Read More.


24. Namibia’s Mysterious Fairy Circles



Studies suggest that a sand termite is responsible for their creation. More detail.


25. Spherical Boulders In New Zealand


The Moeraki Boulders are unusually large and spherical boulders lying along a stretch of Koekohe Beach on the wave-cut Otagocoast of New Zealand between Moeraki and Hampden. They occur scattered either as isolated or clusters of boulders within a stretch of beach where they have been protected in a scientific reserve. The erosion by wave action of mudstone, comprising local bedrock and landslides, frequently exposes embedded isolated boulders. To know more.


26. Tanzania’s Lake Natron



Lake Natron is a salt and soda lake in the Arusha Region of northern Tanzania. The lake is close to the Kenyan border and is in the Gregory Rift, which is the eastern branch of the East African Rift. Click here.

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