10 surreal places on earth
We can visit some of the greatest architectural creations ever made by men, such as the pyramids, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, not to mention some of the wonders of the modern world, such as the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal and Machu Picchu.
But the list we make today is not about these places, but about surreal places and incredible natural phenomena. Check out.
10. Spotted Lake
Although most lakes are formed and maintained by a constant source of water, some are derived from accumulation of melting snow, excessive rainfall and small amounts of groundwater. These bodies are known as endorheic lakes and are susceptible to extreme evaporation, so when summer comes they dry up completely.
This is the case of Spotted Lake. This remote spot in Canada's Okanagan Valley looks like any other lake in the country during winter, spring, and fall; however, when summer comes, most of its volume evaporates. What remains is a material rich in natural resources, such as calcium and sodium, magnesium and titanium sulfates, which leave the earth with a different hue, derived from multicolored alkaline rings that, depending on the concentration, form varying shades of green, yellow and Blue on the dry floor.
9. Glowing Lakes
Thailand is known for its beautiful beaches, characteristic cuisine and natural landscapes, but what many are unaware of is the bioluminescent blue water seen at night between November and March. The landscape has been described by visitors as "a magical light show that competes with the brightness of the stars". This is because the local coast is filled with microscopic plankton that have the same chemical reactions as fireflies.
8. Waterfall Of Blood
When we think of waterfalls, we automatically remember crystal clear waters, but there is a place in the world where the waters that fall from the waterfall are eerily red. Discovered in 1911, Taylor's Antarctic Glacier appears to be gushing blood instead of water.
The explanation is complex. The waterfall's source of water is the saltwater lake below, not the melting snow. Over time, this source received large amounts of iron from constant contact with the rock below, which generated the same chemical reaction that produces rust, so the water assumes the dark reddish hue of iron oxide.
7. Rainbow Trees
Looking more like an ordinary ink-speckled tree, this eucalyptus species is found mainly in the Philippines and Indonesia, with occurrences also in Hawaii, California, and Florida (USA). Their wild coloration is a result of their original bark formation and location, the most colorful of which are found in Asian countries.
The bark of the tree is formed by the division of cells, each with a high concentration of chlorophyll, a chemical that gives the leaves and grass the green color. During the life of these cells, they are infused with different levels of tannins, which may vary from red to brown. The variable combination of these chemical elements with the relative humidity and shell moisture creates the rainbow effect.
6. Stone Roses
Neither a stone nor a rose, this is a phenomenon found in Mexico, Tunisia and more rarely in Arizona (USA). Formed from plaster or barite, these "flowers" are the result of evaporation when one of these minerals binds to sand grains in an arid, salt-rich environment.
With an average size of 10 centimeters per petal, these formations vary in colors that are directly related to the way they were formed: shallower locations usually produce amber colored petals, while deeper formations in a wider space usually create yellow petals. Another curiosity about this phenomenon is that, regardless of the flower shade during the day or where they developed, they all have the same opaque white color under ultraviolet light.
5. Blood Rain
This phenomenon occurs in some places in India, such as the state of Kerala. The name may resemble some horror movie, but the real reason is the proximity of the deserted region. During evaporation, rain can pick up a multitude of things along the way - as with acid rain, for example - but chemicals are not the only elements that can be mixed with water during precipitation. Fine airborne particles can also mix with cloud moisture, and when reddish sand particles mix with these clouds, red rain is caused.
The phenomenon hit the city of Norilsk, Russia, in July 2018. A metal processing industry was performing some routine maintenance and the rust scraps that had been scraped off the ground were carried by an upward current that raised them sufficiently. to blend in with the clouds.
(Source: Russia Beyond)
4. Lake of Frozen Bubbles
Lake Abraham is an artificial formation located in Alberta, Canada, with high concentrations of methane gas on its surface. Most lakes have basic amounts of methane as a result of the decomposing matter found at the bottom from bacteria, and it usually reaches the atmosphere, but that's not what happens here.
The water temperature is high enough that methane can still escape into the water, but low enough for the escaped gas to freeze into opaque bubbles ranging from white to deep blue, depending on the proximity of the surface.
(Source: List Verse)
3. Bubblegum Water
Hillier Lake, off the coast of Western Australia, is known for its vibrant pink water. Although not the only lake with this color in the world, it is different because the liquid does not lose color when collected.
Discovered in 1802, Lake Hillier is home to a type of halophilic algae known as Dunaliella, which generates its energy using all visible light frequencies, producing carotene variations that contribute to the reddish pink hue of the lake.
(Source: Flickr / Viaggio Routard)
2. Mummified Lake
At first glance, Lake Natron in Tanzania looks like a morbid oasis, with its reddish waters surrounded by many lurking birds. Rumors said that this body of water in Africa had such a high alkaline content that it could instantly kill and petrify any animal that dared to enter its depths.
The intense red color of the water is attributed to the presence of minerals formed by volcanic processes of the region. These phenomena gradually increased the pH of water until it was saturated with natron and sodium carbonate, the latter formerly used in the practice of mummification. The presence of these minerals, together with the remains of animals that could not live in such adverse conditions, increased the alkaline nature of the water, which made the environment favorable to Haloarchaea, the red-colored organisms that dye the lake's water.
(Source: Live Science)
1. Forest Of Ice Blades
Discovered in 1835, these blades can grow up to 5 meters high and are the direct result of sublimation, a chemical process by which a heat source transforms a solid into gas. The angular formation of smaller thorns concentrates sunlight even more, increasing the sublimation rate until whole forests of peaks form.
(Source: Camp to Camp)