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7 Phenomenal Natural World Wonders

Sometimes you have to see it to believe it. Weather.com has compiled an awesome list of some of our Earth’s beautiful natural wonders. Check them out below.

1. Mammatus Clouds: Pouches of clouds that hand under a base of cloud. They are also described as cotton balls or tennis balls. They often appear before a strong storm rolls in.

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2. Ice Boulders: Generally consisting of a combination of slush and frazil ice (the first stage of sea ice that consists of loose, needle-shaped ice crystals in water and resemble slush). They form when ice chunks along the shore get churned back and forth by the waves and grow slowly in water that is just below freezing.

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3. Crepuscular Rays: These beautiful rays are created by an optical illusion. Air molecules, small water drops, dust and other tiny airborne particles scatter a portion of he light rays off their straight path and toward you. You’re most likely to see this awesome view at sunrise or near sunset when the sun is closer to the horizon.

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4. Neon Blue Waves: Late summer algea blooms can turn the ocean’s tide neon blue at night. The flashing blue light is caused by a chemical reaction in cells of the phytoplankton, which creates the algea. The agitation from the waves creates the bioluminescence or glowing quality in the algea. The algae at this time can result in mild toxicity in some sea creatures.

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5. Snow Rollers: Mostly common in hilly or mountainous terrain, snow rollers are formed when strong winds pick up moist snow and blow it along the ground. The eventually leads to a cylinder or snow that is often hollow in the middle. They can grow as large as barrels and stop moving once they become too big.

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6. Blue Holes: Blue holes are caves or underwater sinkholes that are roughly circular, steep depressions. They are named for their dramatic contrast between the dark blue, deep waters of their depths and the light blue of the shallow waters around them. They are typically found in low-lying coastal regions. The deepest is Dean’s Hole, in a bay west of Clarence Town on Long Island, Bahamas. It is 663 feet deep!

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7. Tree-climbing coats: Yup, you read that right. Goats climb the Argan trees of Morocco in search of food. Over time, they have become accomplished tree climbers and can claw their way up the tress twisted branches in search of olive-like berries. Farmers follow the heard from tree to tree to collect the nuts from the fruit that the goats can’t digest. These nuts are what are used in Argan oil; popular oil used in cooking and is cosmetics/hair products.

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Seven of the World’s Most Massive Meteor Craters

Most have heard the news reports and seen footage of the meteor that recently streaked across the sky of Russia’s Ural Mountains on February 15th injuring many people and causing sharp explosions. Weather.com takes a look at seven more of the world’s largest meteor craters.

1. Barringer Meteor Crater, Arizona

This crater was created 49,000 years ago when a nickel-iron meteorite weighing in at several hundred thousand tons & traveling at of 40,000 miles per hour hit Earth. It’s the best-preserved impact crater in existence. The crater is ¾ of a mile wide and 575 feet deep!

Barringer Crater, Arizona

 

2. Lake Bosumtwi, Ghana

Lake Bosumtwi is Ghana’s only natural lake and it was created when a meteorite his Earth about 1.3 million years ago. It created a hole in the ground with a six-mile diameter! The crater slowly filled with water to form the lake which is a vital source of life for the area. The lake is considered sacred by the Ashanti people of Ghana.

Lake Bosumtwi, Ghana

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Clearwater Lakes, Canada

About 290 million years ago, a pair of asteroids hit Quebec on the eastern shore of Hudson Bay. Their impact created what is now known as Clearwater Lakes. The larger lake is a whopping twenty-mile in diameter while the smaller one is 13.7 miles in diameter.

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4. Wolfe Creek, Australia

Wolfe Creek is also a well-preserved crater thanks to its approximate age of 300,000 years and the desert environment of Australia’s Outback. It has a diameter of approximately half a mile wide and its center is dotted with trees and shrubs.

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5. Aorounga Impact Crater, Chad

This eleven-mile wide crater is located in the Sahara Desert. Approximately 200-300 million years ago, a comet or asteroid with an estimated 1-mile diameter slammed into the earth and created the Aorounga Crater. According to scientists, impacts of this size only occur about once every million years.

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6. Pingualit, Quebec, Canada

This crater is located in Pingualuit National Park. It was created about 1.4 million years ago and is known to natives as the “Crystal Eye of Nunavik.” Today the crater is filled with water from rain and melting snow. It’s so pure that the salt content of the water measures only 3 parts per million.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Oldest Asteroid Impact, Greenland

This 62-mile wide crater is possibly the oldest asteroid impact crater known to man and was created more than two billion years ago. Finnefjelf Moutain which stands more than 3,000 feet high is believed to be the crushed core of the structure.

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