Here are some of the most spectacular natural phenomena that can be observed around the world.

Spectacular and curious natural phenomena

Nature surprises us every day that passes with its incredible beauty and strength, leaving us gaping in front of shapes, colors and events that seem to have miraculous. For this reason, today we have decided to dedicate a small tribute to you, collecting some of the most spectacular natural phenomena that can be observed around the world. Rays of light in surprising colors, sculptures of ice and snow and natural shapes shaped by the strength of the elements in centuries and centuries of history. More than enough reasons to travel to these destinations and watch these shows live!

Penitentes - Chile and Argentina

ice penitentes phenomenon

The phenomenon of the "penitentes", spiers of ice that can reach the height of a person, has been observed for the first time in 1839 by Charles Darwin during a trip from Santiago to the Argentine city of Mendoza. It is not known exactly how they are formed, but the main hypothesis is that they are shaped by the strong winds that blow from the Andes; they can only be seen between Chile and Argentina.

Catatumbo lightning - Venezuela

 lightning catatumbo
source: Wikipedia

This typical phenomenon of Brazil and known as "Catatumbo lightning", it can be observed for about 10 hours in a row between 140 and 160 nights a year. The light emitted by these lightning bolts can be seen up to 40 km away and has been used for centuries as a natural lighthouse (this is why lightning was also given the name "Faro di Maracaibo"). It is thought to be the confluence of the cold winds from the Andes and the humid and warm air that rises from the marshy land of Maracaibo to give life to this natural spectacle of great visual impact.

Columns of light

strange natural phenomena light columns
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The columns of light are an optical phenomenon caused by the light reflection of the sun or the moon on the ice crystals present the atmosphere. They can also be caused by the emission of light from artificial land sources, such as street lamps. Columns are more visible during sunset, when the sun is below the horizon line.

Moeraki Rocks - New Zealand

rocks of Moeraki

These original rocks can be seen in New Zealand, more precisely on Koekohe beach. They stand out for their almost perfect spherical shape and can weigh up to 3 tons. They are sedimentary formations deriving from the erosion process that has lasted for millions of years.


 sundog natural phenomenon

Here is another phenomenon caused by the reflection of light on the ice. It occurs on average 2 times a week, but is not always visible. It can be observed in various parts of Europe and the United States.

Ice circles

 circles in the Arctic ice

A very nice phenomenon to be seen, but it occurs rarely in almost still waters in cold climates.Inside are these impressive giant crystals of selenite. The largest is 11 meters long, has a diameter of 4 and a weight of 55 tons.

Clouds "Mammatus" (or udder)

 mammatus clouds
source : Barbara Lucia Photography via Pinterest

These breast-shaped clouds often form as a result of violent storms or storms and are typical of lowland areas where atmospheric phenomena are rather extreme. The reason why they appear is not yet clear, but it is probably linked to the encounter between air currents and humidity.

Pyrocumulus Clouds

 nuages ​​Pyrocumulus
source: Lora Winterstein via Pinterest

The clouds pyrocumulus, or fire clouds, are an atmospheric phenomenon resulting from a rapid and intense heating of a territory, as happens in the case of a volcanic eruption, of a forest fire or a nuclear explosion (in this the form is that of an atomic mushroom).

Have you seen some of these natural phenomena live? Are there any others you want to tell us?