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The World’s Most Amazing Natural Events

April 15, 2014
Amazing Natural Events Maelstrom

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Amazing Natural Events: Maelstrom

Amazing Natural Events Blue Maelstrom

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A maelstrom is a powerful free vortex, essentially a whirlpool, which occurs in the ocean. The original maelstrom that drew fame in Edgar Allan Poe’s classic “A Descent into the Maelstrom” was in fact a very powerful tidal current dubbed Moskstraumen, which is the result of conjoint currents and tides.

Migration Of The Serengeti


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Lasting from January to March, the southern region of Serengeti, Tanzania (known as Ngorongoro) plays host to a great animal migration. The natural phenomenon occurs because due to grazing patterns of the 750,000 zebra, 1.2 million wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of other game that follow the rain ripened grazing plains.

Amazing Natural Events: The Great Salmon Run

Amazing Natural Events Salmon Bear

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An annual staple in British Columbia, the great salmon rush is the name given to the event where massive amounts of salmon swim toward the upper reaches of rivers, where they spawn on gravel beds. After spawning, all Pacific (and most Atlantic) salmon die, and thus the salmon cycle begins again. Aside from the public spectacle the run generates, the salmon run also brings out grizzly bears, bald eagles and sport fishermen, all ready to take their share of the rosy-colored fish.

Amazing Natural Events Salmon River Bank

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The Honduran Rain Of Fish

Though this might sound like something out of a biblical passage, the Honduran rain of fish is a legitimate annual event. Every year between May and July, Honduras is subject to a massive thunderstorm that lasts up to three hours and precipitates more than just liquid. For those outside braving the storm, it’s not unforeseeable that they might be pelted with fish. Though the phenomenon is difficult to explain, a widely accepted theory is that the raging storm produces strong enough winds to deliver the fish that reside 200km away from the main city center.

Amazing Natural Events Fish Rain

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Amazing Natural Events: The Monarch Butterfly Migration

Amazing Natural Events Monarch Migration

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The annual migration of monarch butterflies in North America produces a kaleidoscopic splendor for those privy to the spectacle. The migration occurs as the black and orange creatures—whose colors are meant to serve as warning signs to potential predators—escape the cold, flying in large groups to warmer areas. It’s a stunning visual display over the air, as well as upon trees where they come to rest. Incredibly, the monarch butterfly is capable of crossing the Atlantic Ocean.

Aurora Borealis

No natural phenomenon list would be complete without mentioning the auroras, more commonly known as the Northern and Southern lights. The phenomenon occurs when the sun radiates charged particles (ions) at high speeds, forming a cloud called plasma, also known as solar wind. As the plasma hits the earth’s magnetic field, some particles become trapped and collide with the gasses in Earth’s atmosphere. The collision results in the glowing lights that enrapture so many in the southern and northern most parts of the world.

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The 7 Most Bizarre Mushroom and Fungi Species In The World

April 13, 2014

Mushrooms are the fruiting bodies of certain fungi, and once mature they produce microscopic spores (like pollen) that may number in the billions. While many ‘shrooms are considered a delicacy, even ordinary mushrooms look incredibly weird with their umbrella-like tops and mushy undersides. We’ve rounded up 7 of the most bizarre mushroom and fungi species to date.

1. The Brain Mushroom (Gyromitra esculenta)

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The Gyromitra esculenta fungus is a false morel that’s found in both Europe and North America. Unlike true morels, this species of fungus, commonly called the brain mushroom, was found to be poisonous and should not be eaten. The Gyromitra esculenta is characterized by its ruddy red-brown cap that resembles the human brain.

2. Bearded Tooth Mushroom (Hericium erinaceus)

Known as the bearded tooth mushroom or the lion’s mane mushroom, the Hericium erinaceus is an edible, medicinal mushroom that belongs to the tooth fungus group. This mushroom species is usually found sprouting from living, recently cut trees in North America, Asia or Europe. Hericium erinaceus mushrooms are thought to protect the nervous system and boost immune function. Don’t worry, this bizarre mushroom can be purchased in tablet form—you don’t have to consume those raw dangling spines to reap the health benefits!

3. Amanita muscaria

The Amanita muscaria mushroom looks like it was plucked straight from the latest Alice in Wonderland movie. This mushroom species is a toadstool, meaning that it’s usually considered a poisonous species. Thankfully, reported deaths from consuming the Amanita muscaria are rare.

Amanita Muscaria Poisonous Mushroom

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4. Morchella esculenta

Bizarre Mushroom Morel

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The Morchella esculenta, commonly known as a morel, is one of the world’s most highly desired mushrooms, despite its unappealing appearance. Morels are characterized by a fruit body that expands into a large, yellowish sponge that contains deep pits. People have a hard time growing these tasty mushrooms commercially, which contributes to their high demand (and price) in many parts of the world.

5. Hydnellum pecki

While the Hydnellum pecki is undoubtedly a bizarre mushroom species, its appearance is also quite terrifying. This inedible fungus is found in various parts of the world and should not be eaten. While young fruit bodies “bleed” a pigment containing anticoagulant properties, older Hydellum pecki fungi are brownish and are thus less eye catching.

6. Indigo Milk Cap (Lactarius indigo)

Lactarius Indigo

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The Lactarius indigo mushroom gets the name indigo milk because it exudes a blue milky liquid when cut with a knife. This bizarre mushroom grows in North and Central America and is usually characterized by its silvery-blue coloring. Lactarius indigo mushrooms aren’t particularly common, but they are one of the most beautiful (and bizarre) mushroom species in the world.

Bizarre Mushroom Blue Milk

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7. Coprinus comatus

Known as the shaggy mane, the Coprinus comatus is an edible mushroom that’s quite common. Unlike most other mushroom species, this bizarre mushroom will dissolve itself within hours of depositing spores or being picked. Therefore, this mushroom must be consumed shortly after picking, before it turns black.

Coprinus Comatus Bizarre Mushroom

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Train Surfing: The Most Terrifying Anger Management Exercise Ever

April 12, 2014

Apartheid and the struggle against it have largely shaped the course of modern South African history. And in Katlehong, one of the key outposts of the anti-apartheid struggle, young South Africans continue to manifest their anger in a way you’d never expect: by train surfing. As one of the staff riders (local slang for the sport) says, train surfing offers itself as a physical release that is much less violent than robbing or beating others.

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