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Weird and Wonderful Natural Phenomena From Around The World (And Beyond)

Features & Advice | Barry Kaufman | August 24, 2015

Weird and Wonderful Natural Phenomena From Around The World (And Beyond)

PHOTO: Thanks to the bioluminescent glow of plankton, waves in the Maldives glow a shimmering blue. (courtesy of Thinkstock)

If you travel enough, and you should, there may come a time when the world starts to look… a little bit ordinary. With too much sameness. The first time you take in a breathtaking stretch of white sand beach, yawning away to the horizon before a blanket of tranquil turquoise seas, you’re in awe. The fifteenth time… maybe not so much.

But no matter how many times you’ve traversed the globe, slowly growing immune to its wonders, it’s good to know this great big planet still has a few tricks up its sleeve. To paraphrase the Bard, there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

Things like the Rainbow Eucalyptus tree, a psychedelic kaleidoscope of color that bursts out of the ground like an explosion at the Crayola factory frozen in time. Or Norway’s Hessdalen Lights, an unexplained burst of light that spontaneously appears above Hessdalen valley at irregular intervals, defying logic and inviting curiosity.

The world is a playground of strange phenomena there to gently remind us that there is still enough mystery in the world to bid further exploration. The following infographic, provided by, tantalizes with a brief primer on several, as well as a few intriguing phenomena happening in your own mind and beyond our planet. Dig in, then start planning that trip to the next natural mystery.


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