5 Amazing Natural Phenomenon Worth Experiencing

1. Catatumbo Lightning, Venezuela

Very strange natural phenomenon of frequent flashes of lightning bolts creates one of the greatest light show on earth over the Catatumbo River in Venezuela in South America. Derived its name from the river Catatumbo, this phenomena popularly known as Catatumbo Lightning. Also the strange thing is that this lightening is not accompanied by thunder. This Catatumbo Lightning is so strong that it creates 150 to 200 flashes per minute.  Many believes that the show of lights happens when cold winds from Andes meet with the hot and humid air evaporating from the lake produce this reaction. The people of Venezuela call this phenomenon as “rib a-ba” or “river of fire in the sky.” from centuries. Visitors go there to see and feel this amazing phenomenon, which happens only in this place and not anywhere else on this earth. They spend their night in the boats, which are available for tours here. On an average, the storms here take place on 150 nights in a year.

Getting there: You can take 2 days trip from Mérida. It will take you across the Andes, very spectacular view on the way. And once you reach the lake you have to get onboard to the small boats which are available in plenty, and take a short boat ride. At night you can stay in of the house which are built on stilts near lake side and enjoy the fantastic view of the light show at night.

2. Lambert Glacier, Antarctica

The Lambert Glacier of Antarctica is the world’s longest glacier. It is about 400km in length and 200km wide at its widest point.  At its widest point, it connects to the Amery Ice Shelf and it is where the seaward side of extension is located. This site is one of the rare most sites of the glacier as this portion contains bottle green icebergs. The bottle green color of the icebergs is because of very high amount of organic material beneath the ice. It is indeed one of the most beautiful sites to see in Antarctica.

Getting there: The Lambert Glacier is located in one of the most remote location of Antarctica. It requires longer travelling time and it is very costly. It is visited very rarely.

3. Pitch Lake, Trinidad & Tobago

The so-called “Pitch Lake” was once thought as a punishment given by God to the people of that particular area of Trinidad & Tobago. This is a bubbly lake covered by pitch-yes you got it right its pitch. It is covered in 40-hectare land with all you can see is asphalt. The asphalt is 90m deep in the center, here the hot bitumen is continuously filling up from inside the by subterranean fault. There are only three asphalts lakes in the world, of which Pitch Lake of Trinidad is the largest natural deposits of emulsified asphalt. Just over 300 tons of natural bitumen is extracted here on a daily basis.  The surface of the lake at some places looks like a land covered with the wrinkled skin of an elephant.

Getting there: The Lake is located 22km southwest of San Fernando, nearest town is La Brea. There are guided tours available. Not all areas of the Pitch Lake are completely safe, so make sure you go along with the guide.

4. Don Juan Pond, Antarctica

Antarctica’s Don Juan Pond located in the Dry Valleys is absolutely a weird place on the planet. It is a huge isolated area covered in 3000 sq km, which is without any snow or ice. Can you imagine in the middle of the coldest places on earth, there is no ice or snow? But here you could find bacteria, fungi and algae, which are aged to be 200,000 years old and are growing inside the rocks here. There also lies Don Juan Pond, which is only 10 cm deep and is one of the most saline water bodies on the planet earth. It is so salty that the water of this shallow pond never freezes even the surrounding temperature drops to -55°C.There is an inland river called Onyx flowing here from the coast.

Getting there: It is located 14 km east of Vanda Station. For some period in the year, you will find researchers who are only settlement you can find here.

5. Rain of fish, Honduras

During the month of June and July, the dark black storm clouds cover the sky of Yoro, a small town in Honduras. It results in tremendous downpour and along with the rain; there appears hundreds and thousands of silvery fish dancing on the ground. scientist has yet to provide the real scientific fact of its occurrence. However, the locals here believed that once in the 19th century, a Spanish disciple prayed for miracle to happen to fed to the people here. Whatever may be the reason behind the appearance fish, but it is a party time for locals with drinks, music, parades and the fried fish. The occasion is called as the festival de la Lluvia de Peces.

Getting there: Yoro is 3-4 hours bus drive from the city of San Pedro Sula. The city of San Pedro Sula offers great nightlife.

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