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But above all that, nature is weird. Sometimes it’s even like a bizarre mix of real and fantasy! To see what we mean, take a look at these strangely surreal photos of some very curious natural phenomena below:
Bolivia’s otherworldly salt flats.
When Salar de Uyuni, a prehistoric lakebed that has dried up leaving a salty surface, is covered with a couple centimeters of water during the rainy season, it becomes a giant mirror.
The bleak Namib Desert.
Stretching along the Atlantic on the southwestern tip of Africa lies the Namib Desert, known for its towering sand dunes (some reach 1,000 feet) and the animals and plants that have adapted to extreme life here.
A small piece of Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath.
The Jersey Shore’s Jet Star coaster sat in the Atlantic Ocean for six months after Hurricane Sandy flung it there, until it was finally demolished. But not before it became one of the most iconic images of the 2012 disaster.
This lake tinted Pepto-Bismol pink.
Researchers suspect that Lake Hillier, located on an island off the southwest coast of Australia, gets its coloring through a natural dye from bacteria that lives in underground salt deposits. But no one’s entirely sure.
A flock of starlings doing their thing.
A flock of starling birds, known as a murmuration, will swoop and dive as one in performances that are totally mesmerizing. How the group manages to signal turns to individual members so quickly, though, is still a mystery.
The Philippines’ famed Chocolate Hills.
These conical limestone mounds are covered in grass that turns brown in the dry season, giving the hills their “chocolate” moniker. Over 1,000 such formations exist in Bohol province, standing 100 to 300 feet tall.
Some of Socotra’s fascinating flora.
Sometimes called “the other Galapagos” for its biodiversity, this island off the coast of mainland Yemen is home to the Dragon’s Blood Tree, seen above, which gets its name from the crimson-red sap it secretes.
This vibrant algae bloom in Australia.
Red tide is a natural phenomenon caused by bioluminescent algae. In the case of Sydney’s Clovelly Beach, pictured above, this 2012 bloom was caused by noctiluca scintillans, a.k.a. Sea Sparkle. While it may look amazing, red tide can cause rashes and eye irritation for swimmers.
This freakish geyser in the Black Rock Desert.
Accidentally manmade, Fly Geyser was formed by layers of calcium carbonate building up over the years after a geothermal power company drilled a test well at the site in 1964. Its colorful surface has developed due to mineral d上海贵族宝贝官网