These Rarely Seen Natural Phenomenon Make You Appreciate Our Planet A Little More

Denmark’s Black Sun

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Like a Bible plague come to life, flocks of more than a million European starling nearly blot out the sun each spring in Denmark.  The birds gather together as they migrate north in the warming weather to spend their summer in the marshlands of western Denmark.  Onlookers gather to watch the sky turn black as they birds pass through.

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Venezuela’s Everlasting Lightning Storm

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Deep in the heart of Venezuela at the mouth of the Catatumbo river, the mysterious “Relámpago del Catatumbo” lights up the sky on an almost constant basis.   140 to 160 nights a year, 10 hours a night, and as many as 280 times an hour, cloud-to-cloud lightning strikes across the sky and forms a voltage arc more than five kilometers high.   It is considered the greatest single generator of ozone on the entire planet.

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Kerala’s Red Rain

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From 25 July to 23 September 2001, the people of Kerala, India witnessed rainfall that was the color of blood that stained the clothes of those caught in the storms.  Initial investigations led to the idea that the rains were colored by a hypothetical meteor burst, but a study commissioned by the Government of India concluded that the rains had been colored by airborne spores from locally prolific terrestrial algae.

The colored rains of Kerala gained widespread attention in 2006 when  Godfrey Louis and Santhosh Kumar of the Mahatma Gandhi University in Kottayam proposed a controversial argument that the colored particles were extraterrestrial cells.  However, these claims and data have yet to be verified and reported in any peer reviewed publication.  The rain continues to occur at times today in India and nearby Sri Lanka.

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Honduras’ Rain of Fishes

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Every year  a festival known as “Festival de la Lluvia de Peces” (Rain of Fish Festival) is celebrated in the city of Yoro, Departamento de Yoro, Honduras.  This festival is in honor of the annual fish rain that occurs between the months of May and July.  Witnesses claim that this phenomenon starts with a dark cloud in the sky followed by lightning, thunder, strong winds, and heavy rain that lasts for hours. Once the rain has stopped, hundreds of living fish are found on the ground.

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Fire Rainbows

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This atmospheric phenomenon creates an incredible spectrum of colors in the sky that conform to the contours of the clouds and resemble wisps of flames.  While they are different from normal rainbows, they work in a similar way.  Instead of liquid water, fire rainbows occur when a cloud is high enough to have ice crystals within it.  When the sunlight hits the cloud at the right angle, which is at least 58 degrees above the horizon, it hits the ice plates and is split into different colors.  Since the light is only being refracted within the cloud, the cloud appears to turn into a self-contained rainbow.
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The Longest Wave On Earth

The surfer’s ultimate dream comes into existence twice a year in Brazil, when the Atlantic Ocean waters roll up the Amazon river and generate a seemingly endless wave.  The phenomenon, known as the Pororoca, generates waves up to 12 feet high that can last for more than a half of an hour.  The wave can be heard about 30 minutes before its arrival and is so powerful that it destroys anything in its path including trees, houses and animals. Since 1999, an annual surfing championship has been held in São Domingos do Capim.  The record for the longest ride was in 2003, when a Brazilian managed to ride the wave for 37 minutes over 12.5 kilometers.
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Morocco’s Climbing Goats

Goat_in_treesIn the southwest of Morocco it is common to find a herd of goats high up in Argan trees.  They are drawn to the fruit the tree produces, which flowers in June each year.  It’s also common to see a herd of farmers following the goats.  This is because the fruit the goats are eating has a small nut inside, which the goats spit up or excrete.  The nuts contain 1-3 kernels, which are collected to make Argan oil, which is used in cooking and cosmetics.
H/T: oddee