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The Seven Wonders of the Natural World may have been named too quickly. Wonders like The Grand Canyon and Victoria Falls are certainly big, and anyone who sees them will surely be impressed—but sheer size isn’t enough to truly leave a person in awe.
There are places in this world though that are far stranger, places that seem almost alien as if they could only exist on a planet that evolved separately from our own, these are places that scientists have had to struggle just to understand how they ever could have been formed.
Places that will truly make you wonder, not just because they are beautiful but because they seem to follow scientific laws that don’t exist anywhere else on earth.
In the Amazon, there is a river which is four miles long and unlike any other on the planet. The Shanay-Timpishka, also known as La Bomba, is a tributary of the Amazon River, called the “only boiling river in the world”. The river gets as hot as 91 degrees Celsius, 196 degrees Fahrenheit. It is so hot that anyone can get boiled alive. When an animal unknowingly drinks water from it, its mouth and lungs fill with water and it is literally cooked. Normally, if a volcano is around then only the water gets this much hot but this one is 700 km away from the nearest one. Scientists believe that there might be boiling hot water beneath the earth that comes out from the crack fault lines and heats up the river.
There is a storm in the world that never stops. In Western Venezuela, over the Catatumbo River, the storm starts at 7 p.m every night and lightning crashes over the water for 260 nights each year. Nobody knows exactly why it happens. There is a theory that the reason behind it is the uranium in the bedrock. But scientists doubt it. Today the leading theory is a complicated one. It posits that the shape of the mountains caused warm trade winds to collide with cold air from the Andes. That collision is then fuelled by the rapidly evaporating water below and Methane from a nearby oil field.
A barely audible buzzing sound that you cannot pinpoint can infuriate you. We have all been there when a distant lawnmower or our TV starts making a buzz and unless and until we don’t find where it’s coming from, it feels like our brain is eating itself from the inside. Now imagine the pain and frustration of residents of Taos in New Mexico. Since the early 1990’s large number of residents of Taos have complained about a constant humming sound. It can be heard all around the town and has driven people nuts. For twenty years various investigators have tried to locate the hum but to no success. Some scientists have hypothesized that the town’s residents are super hearers who can detect sound that ordinary humans can’t.
There is an ecological mystery sitting throughout Namibian deserts.
There are fields of grass that are divided into circles at regular intervals and nothing grows inside them. The circles are almost perfect and vary from 10 to 65 feet in diameter. The fascinating thing about them is their shape. Why are they circle? Why not any other shape? In 2013 Norbert Jergens an environmental scientist said that termites were the cause of the circles but in 2015 biologist Walter Schinkel tested the hypothesis and disproved it.
The city of Kalachi Kazakhstan is not Disney’s creation. It is as real as it gets. Citizens of Kalachi face a very peculiar epidemic, people just collapse into naps randomly even while walking on the road. They also report memory loss, fatigue, and hallucinations. The epidemic affects people of all genders and ages. Kazakhstan has even recommended evacuations. One theory suggests that the residents are facing some kind of radiation poisoning since the area is near a uranium mine.
As far as natural mysteries go, the Devil’s Kettle in Minnesota is one of the most intriguing ones. At a particular point along the Brule River, the river’s water splits into two, one split continues its course onto the lake superior and the other split. Well, we had no clue where it goes. Scientists know it has to end up somewhere, but we don’t know where that is. Scientists first tried putting dye into the kettle and waited to see which part of the lake turns up colors. It was a futile effort, nothing turned up.
In Hessdalen valley Norway, a very unusual tin takes place at night and its a great scientific mystery. Almost every night lights appear in the sky. They are bright colors. They dance around shift shapes, flash unmistakeably and disappear only to appear the next day during the night. This has been going on for 4 decades at least. Scientists are perplexed by this mystery. One theory suggests that the lake is radioactive. But none of the reasons are satisfactory.
8- Movile Cave
In Southeastern Romania there is a cave that was locked away from the slightest ray of light for five point five million years and that has a completely different atmosphere from the earth. While looking to set up a power plant, the cave was discovered by workers. They tested the ground to see if it was a safe place to build and cracked open a pathway that leads to one of the strangest places on earth. If you descend through the narrow shaft and past a series of tunnels, you enter a chamber with a lake of sulfuric water stinking of rotten eggs, the air is toxic filled with hydrogen sulfide and contaminated with 100 times the surfaces level of carbon dioxide. The strangest part is that a whole ecosystem has survived inside it. Scientists have found more than 30 species inside the cave and a more interesting fact is that they don’t exist anywhere outside of it. They have adapted to survive in a sulfuric atmosphere living by feeding off the foam on top of the stones.
The Soviet Union had many nuclear facilities and most of them were ill-planned and unsafe. Inside one such factory, there is a lake, the lake’s water has more radioactive material than anywhere else on earth. Lake Karachay is so radioactive that you will die within an hour if you stand near it. Soviets dumped nuclear waste into the lake, their nuclear practices have caused a few problems with the lake in the past. In 1957 an explosion blew the factory apart and the radioactive particles spread more than 23,000 kilometers, the area is more radioactive than Chernobyl. To keep these disasters from happening any further, the lake has been covered with concrete.
In the countryside of Pia Monti Italy, there is an unusual sight. There is a cherry tree there that looks in most respects just like any other healthy cherry tree except that it happens to be growing directly on top of a mulberry tree. This isn’t completely unprecedented. Parasitic trees have grown out of others before, but they have a short life and eventually fall. People believe that a bird might have dropped a cherry seed on top of the mulberry tree. The seed grew roots that push through the mulberry trees hollow trunk and reached the soil below letting it survive and grow into a full healthy tree.