A natural phenomenon is a non-artificial event in the physical sense, and therefore not produced by humans, although it may affect humans. Common examples of natural phenomena include volcanic eruptions, weather, and decay. Most natural phenomena, such as rain, are relatively harmless so far as humans are concerned.

There are various types of natural phenomena, which include Meteorological phenomena, weather, including hurricanes, thunderstorms and tornadoes, and geological phenomena, including volcanic activity and earthquakes. So here I have compiled some of the most fascinating natural phenomena. Also check out some Alien looking landscapes on earth HERE.

Aurora Borealis

Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful events to occur in our world, the Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, has both astounded and amazed people since it was first discovered.

Mammatus Clouds

They are a cellular pattern of pouches hanging underneath the base of a cloud. Composed primarily of ice, Mammatus Clouds can extend for hundreds of miles in each direction. Mammatus clouds are often harbingers of a coming storm or other extreme weather system.

Red Tides

More correctly known as an algal bloom, the so-called Red tide is a natural event in which estuarine, marine, or fresh water algae accumulate rapidly in the water column and can convert entire areas of an ocean or beach into a blood red color.

Penitentes

These amazing ice spikes, generally known as penitentes can be found on mountain glaciers and vary in size dramatically. Initially, the sun’s rays cause random dimples on the surface of the snow.

Sailing Stones

Rocks weighing up to hundreds of pounds have been known to move up to hundreds of yards at a time. Some scientists have proposed that a combination of strong winds and surface ice account for these movements.

SuperCells

Super cell are usually isolated storms, which can last for hours, and sometimes can split in two, with one storm going to the left of the wind and one to the right. They can spout huge amounts of hail, rain and wind and are often responsible for tornados.

Fire Whirls

A fire whir is a rare phenomenon in which a fire, under certain conditions acquires vertical vortices and forms a whirl of a vertical orientation rotating column of air. They can be as high as 30 to 200 ft tall.

Ice Circles

Ice Circles are formed when surface ice gathers in the center of a body of water rather than the edges. A slow moving river current can create a slow turning eddy, which rotates, forming an ice disc. These ice circles have been seen with diameters of over 500 feet.

Gravity Waves

The undulating pattern of a Gravity Wave is caused by air displaced in the vertical plain, usually as a result of updrafts coming off the mountains or during thunderstorms. Nature then tries to restore the fluid changes caused by updrafts within the atmosphere, which present in a visible oscillating pattern within the cloud.

Fire Rainbow

Fire rainbow appears when the sun is high in the sky and its light passes through diaphanous, high-altitude cirrus clouds made up of hexagonal plate crystals.

Author Ahsan Mukhtar

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55 Responses to 10 Most Fascinating Natural Phenomena

  1. Anurag says:

    Awesome! :)

  2. jadoon88 says:

    Great!

  3. bluenight says:

    So beautiful!

  4. Ahsan says:

    Great,from where you get these pics.

  5. Well its really amazing!Love your blog!Thank you so much for sharing beautiful blog with us.I'll be keeping a close eye on your blog and looking forward to each new post.

  6. Ahsan says:

    thank you so much. i ll make sure that i come up to you expectations.

  7. sanamalik1992 says:

    Great post! Amazing.

  8. djbubble says:

    thank you all of you for your appreciation.

  9. Gordy Wilson says:

    Beautifully amazing!

  10. Sensi Revo says:

    Those fire spirals are crazy!

  11. Rocky FIsher says:

    The last one is a chemtrail, not a natural cirrus cloud. There is even another plane leaving a fresh one in the right centre of the photo. Differing from normal contrails that disappear in minutes, chemtrails spread out over hours and eventually look like cirrus clouds, but the trained eye (I studied meteorology and climatology in University) can tell otherwise. The material left behind in the chemtrail causes those rainbows as it spreads. Watch the skies near you and you will see. There are not many places in N. America where you cannot see the chemtrails.

  12. Zach says:

    The Mammatus clouds are more frequently seen when a storm is departing or weakening, rather than when approaching.

    Also, nice conspiracy theory Rocky. The duration which a condensation trail lingers in the sky is dependent on the moisture content of the layer through which the plane is travelling. If there is a lot of upper-level moisture (as can be found when an upper-level storm system is approaching), the exhaust and initial ice crystals formed in the contrail become the basis for further ice nucleation, eventually to the point where they begin to lightly snow out the bottom, which makes them wispy like cirrus clouds.

    The optics of the Fire Rainbow (also known as the circumhorizon arc, because in ideal uniform conditions, you would be able to see it all the way around the sky) are proven to come from ice crystals. More info at http://www.atoptics.co.uk/halo/cha2.htm

    Please pay less attention to conspiracy theories, and more attention in class (I am also a meteorologist).

  13. jenskie says:

    wow, it is so beautiful!

  14. Matt says:

    Algal blooms are actually highly influenced by humans through run off from fertilizers and sewage treatment. They are incredibly detrimental to aquatic life too.

  15. Devin says:

    Yea and I wouldn't say that they are “Fascinating” or “Natural.” They do cause a great deal of harm.

  16. philipbrunner says:

    Fantastic!

  17. RB says:

    I thought the last one was a 'Nacreous Cloud' ??

  18. RB says:

    I thought the last one was a 'Nacreous Cloud' ??

  19. Ben Koshkin says:

    These really are awe inspiring.

    Ben Koshkin

  20. Jackie says:

    Did you take all of these? They are stunning.

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  22. Guest says:

    Don't forget that there are borealis lights in the southern hemisphere as well…the australis borealis.

  23. Shiroma Rizza says:

    I have learned more knowledge here!!!!!!:-)

  24. Mark says:

    Double fire rainbow! What does it mean?

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  26. Mat says:

    No double rainbow on this list? How did that get snubbed!?

  27. bob says:

    omfg awesome

  28. Frank says:

    you forgot one….. Moon with Halo (First time I saw this was with my girl friend in high school we were exiting my garage to go to the driveway and I told her to look up we never saw anything like it before. It immediately startled her and she ran for cover under the garage and was visibly scared and confused by it). But it was very beautiful and bright. Here: http://tinyurl.com/37aaas9

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  31. clipping path says:

    Amazing photography excellent collection……..

  32. Julia says:

    Really neat post!  I think my favorite are the Mammatus Clouds.  That would be so cool to see!  :D

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  34. I love the guy looking at the fire thing. He just has this sort of “Whelp, it oughta burn itself out” thing going.

  35. Fantastic photo’s – interesting stuff

  36. Jabrams89 says:

    i cant even begin to understand how any of this is posible

  37. Jerry Hingle says:

    This is amazing! My favorite is the super cell.

  38. Brttnylm89 says:

    Whatev. Those rocks play dead when people are around. ;)  

    (it just seems like more fun)

  39. OMG! Seriously awesome!

  40. Claire Shive says:

    Oh btw did it rain the next day after seeing this halo around the moon. :D

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  42. Joe says:

    Wow, have you seen any of them in real life? Must be fantastic.

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  47. Rabiatul says:

    nice~ awesome~~  :D

  48. Luisito V says:

    Great images! To see these Natural Phenomenons in person must be very eye opening.

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