15 Most Beautiful Natural Phenomena

Sometimes, you just have to stop and admire what the incredible forces of nature can do; whether it’s a breathtaking cloud pattern or a terrifying fiery tornado that can destroy everything in its path. Here are 15 amazing natural phenomena that are so captivating, you’ll hardly believe they’re real.

Bioluminescent waves

Have you ever dreamt of swimming in a “Sea of Stars”? In some places on earth, phytoplankton in the water glow blue at night due to a chemical reaction that serves a brilliant evolutionary purpose. If eaten, the microorganisms will continue to glow inside a fish’s belly putting it at risk to be eaten by a bigger predator. This natural wonder can be witnessed in places like Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives, Laguna Grande in Puerto Rico, and the Glistening Waters in Jamaica.

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    Lenticular clouds

    This incredible spaceship-like cloud formation can usually be seen hanging around mountaintops and can even appear in stacked layers. Lenticular clouds occur when cool air moves over the mountains and condenses. They are unique from other clouds because they are stationary. In rare cases, these clouds can form over flat land when a front produces shear winds, often leading those who are unfamiliar with the phenomenon to confuse it with a UFO.

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    Fire whirls

    Fire whirls or “fire tornadoes” aren’t really tornadoes at all, but they’re just as terrifying. Fire whirls often occur during forest fires and other disasters. They are produced when hot air rises from the ground and forms a column that then cools and dissipates. It creates a vortex that continues to pull in hot air as well as flame, ash, and burning debris. Also, it can be hundreds of feet tall. Most fire whirls don’t last long, but those that do can leave severe damage in their wake.

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