These photos might look like they come from an alien planet, but it turns out our own little Earth is capable of some truly weird stuff. All of these things occur naturally across the globe because of, like, science and stuff. A lot of the reasons why go over my head, but it’s all true. It’s easy to appreciate the wondrous beauty of Earth without knowing exactly how it happens. Some of these are cringe-worthy, but others make me want to buy a plane ticket. And I am definitely going to pay closer attention to sunsets from now on. Take a look at some of the cool things you didn’t realize happen on our home planet.
1. Never-ending Wave
2. Under-water Crop Circles
3. Bleeding Glacier
4. Blue Lava
5. Calcifying Lake
6. Cocooned Trees
7. Danxia Landforms
8. Frost Flowers
9. Green Flash
10. Hair Ice
11. Horsetail Falls
12. Lenticular Clouds
13. Living Rocks
Swimmers and boaters be ware. Click next page below to find out why.
15. Rainbow Trees
16. Assembly Of Crabs
17. Steam Towers
18. Black Sun
19. Ever-Lasting Storm
20. Flowering Desert
21. Great Blue Hole
22. Monarch Butterfly Migration
23. Underwater Water Fall
24. Volcanic Lightening
25. White Rainbows
26. The Devil’s Bath, New Zealand
27. Love Valley, Turkey
Guess why it’s called Love Valley. Go on, guess. If you guessed it’s because these naturally-occurring rock formations look like giant peens, you are totally right. They were formed over long periods of geologic activity that caused their, erm, interesting shape. The residents of the nearby town of Goreme are probably really, really sick of everyone’s sophomoric humor, though.
28. Glass Deserts, Egypt and Libya
Yes, okay, so technically any sand desert could be considered a “pre-glass” desert, since glass is created by melting the silica that makes up sand. In Egypt and Libya, something melted the sand way far back in history to over 2,000 degrees Celsius and created lumps of yellow-green glass all over the place. It was probably a meteor or comet impact that literally melted the desert and turned it to glass. That must have looked amazing, and over the millennia, it was eventually ground back into sand, except for chunks like this. The ancient Egyptians used it for jewelry.
29. Lake Abraham, Canada
This human-made and committee-named lake is known by nature photographers everywhere for the way its bubbles freeze mid-rise in the water during the winter. Of course, the bubbles aren’t air, but methane gas, caused by bacteria eating dead organic matter on the lake floor. That means that this lake gives off flammable gas.
30. Laguna Colorada, Bolivia
31. Fogbows, Everywhere
First of all, “fogbow” is really fun to say. Try it. Okay, now that you’ve done so, a fogbow is even rarer than a rainbow, but they follow the same principles of light passing through water droplets. Unlike a rainbow, these are ghostly white and gray, and that’s because they’re caused by diffraction instead of refraction.
32. Iceberg Bottom, Antarctica
33. This Dead Horse, Nevada
Near the almost-ghost town of Baker, Nevada, is a dead horse behind the wheel of an equally-dead car. Some weirdo propped a horse’s skeleton inside this husk of an antique car, one hoof on the wheel and left it there. Why? Are you seriously asking that? It’s unclear how long this has been out here in the desert, but the horse has been giving the rare passerby a smile for a long time.
34. The Nemophila flowers in bloom
35. A Circus Tree
36. The Japanese Flame Tree.37. A Dragon’s Blood tree, the sap inside is blood red.
37. A Dragon’s Blood tree, the sap inside is blood red.
45. Big Major Cay AKA “Pig Beach” – Nassau, Bahamas
46. Jokulsarlon Lagoon – Iceland
47. Kaihalulu Beach AKA “Red Sand Beach” – Maui, Hawaii
48. Driftwood Beach – Jekyll Island, Georgia
49. Jervis Bay AKA “The Beach With The Whitest Sand In The World” – New South Wales, Australia
The sands on this beach hold the Guinness World Record for being the whitest in the world. Bring your sunglasses!
50. Papakolea Beach (Green Sand) – Kau, Hawaii
One of only FOUR green sand beaches in the world, this beach gets it’s color from the mineral olivine (which is olive green).
51. Marietas Island AKA “The Hidden Beach” – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
These islands were formed by volcanic activity… and this hidden beach is just one of the many treasures here.
52. Glass Beach – MacKerricher State Park, California
Pollution was actually the reason this beautifully unique beach was formed. Nearby residents would dump their trash in the ocean. Over time, the water wore down the various glass and plastics, creating this beach.
53. Barra Airpot – Traigh Mhor, Scotland
This beach is the only one in the world that is used as a runway for airplanes.
These photos might look like they come from an alien planet, but it turns out our own little Earth is capable of some truly weird stuff. All of these things occur naturally across the globe because of, like, science and stuff. A lot of the reasons why go over...