Posted on 02/01/2018

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Proof that the world is a truly incredible place

From Indonesia to Mexico, via Greenland, our world is packed full of natural wonders. They will leave you open-mouthed, inspire you to travel the world and, most importantly, give you a new-found respect for Mother Nature.

There really is no end to the natural wonders our planet holds. From unexplained flocks of starlings in the English skies to multi-coloured eucalyptus bark in the Philippines, there's a whole host of incredible phenomena that we don't truly understand...

Mexico's migration of monarch butterflies

Mexico's migration of monarch butterflies JHVEPhoto / 123RF

Every year, huge numbers of monarch butterflies make the 3000-mile journey from Canada to Mexico to spend the winter in a state of semi-hibernation in the trees of the Sierra Chincua. It has been called one of the most spectacular natural phenomena in the world, with one migration cycle involving roughly five generations.

Namibia's mysterious fairy circles

Namibia's mysterious fairy circles Felix Lipov / 123RF

In certain areas of Namibia, strange rings of barren land form across large swathes of desert. Known as fairy circles, the patches - which are devoid of all plant life - can reach as much as 15 meters in diameter and it is believed that colonies of termites are responsible for the phenomenon.

Indonesia's blue-lava volcano

Indonesia's blue-lava volcano mazzzur

It might sound like something out of a science-fiction book, but the Indonesian volcano Kawah Ijen spews flourescent blue lava. Sulfuric gasses released from the crater react with the oxygen in the air to create the incredible effect.

China's Avatar mountains

China's Avatar mountains Efired / 123RF

Though these rock formations aren't really known as Avatar mountains, they did inspire James Cameron's fictional world of Pandora. You'll find them in China's Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.

New Zealand's glow worm caves

New Zealand's glow worm caves Waitomo/Youtube

These underwater caves in New Zealand are home to a very particular variety of bioluminescent micro-organisms called glow worms. Once inside, the interiors of the caves look like the starry night sky.

The Arctic's trapped methane bubbles

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Trapped beneath the icy surface of the Arctic, these methane bubbles make up a small part of a deposit of hundreds of millions of tonnes of the gas. As fascinating as it is, this greenhouse gas is also 20 times more dangerous than CO2.

England's flocking birds

England's flocking birds Joningall / 123RF

In many parts of the world, starlings are known to create extremely dense clouds when flying in large groups. This phenomenon often occurs at sunset and can give the impression that the sun has turned black.

The Philippines' rainbow eucalyptus

The Philippines' rainbow eucalyptus Debbie Orlean / 123RF

This multi-colored eucalyptus is common to the Philippines and is also known as Eucalyptus deglupta. The bark of these eucalyptus trees changes color as the trees grow older, creating a dazzling rainbow effect around its trunk.

California's sliding rocks

California's sliding rocks Paul Brady / 123RF

On Racetrack Playa, a dry lake in the middle of California's Death Valley, you'll find a strange group of stones which move themselves without any human or animal intervention. For years the phenomenon remained a mystery until a study in 2014 found that in winter a thin layer of ice formed on the surface of the stone, allowing it to be blown along by strong winds.

New Zealand's spherical stones

New Zealand's spherical stones Dmitry Pichugin / 123RF

New Zealand's Moeraki Boulders are huge rocks that formed along the coast thousands of years ago through a process similar to that of making pearls.

Turkmenistan's Door to Hell

Turkmenistan's Door to Hell Maurizio Giovanni Bersanelli / 123RF

Found in Turkmenistan, this infernal abyss is not exactly a natural phenomenon; rather a manmade one. In 1971, a group of scientists tried to exploit a natural pocket of gas, causing methane to be released into the atmosphere. To minimize the damage to the environment, they decided to light the escaping methane, and the hole has been burning ever since.

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