18 Natural Phenomena That You Won’t Believe Actually Exist

Amazing things happen all around us. In order to witness them, sometimes we have to look at the world from a different perspective. Since the invention of the camera, mankind achieved the ability to capture a moment to last an eternity.

Inspired by a Reddit thread, we decided to collect 10 of the most insane phenomena that are hard to believe; yet they are real. Here are some of those crazy phenomenons.

1. Flammable ice bubbles: frozen bubbles of methane, trapped beneath Alberta's Lake Abraham.

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2. The Catumbo Lightning, which occurs during 140 to 160 nights a year, 10 hours per night and up to 280 times per hour.

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3. Christmas Island's Red Crabs: Each year an estimated 43 million land crabs migrate to lay their eggs in the ocean.

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4. Underwater crop circles in the ocean off Japan: created by a male pufferfish in order to woo females.

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5. The Great Blue Hole: a large submarine sinkhole off the coast of Belize, over 300m across and 124m deep.

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6. The Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland: an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption.

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7. Sailing stones in Death Valley, USA: a geological phenomenon where rocks move and inscribe long tracks along a smooth valley floor without human or animal intervention.

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8. Lenticular clouds over Mount Olympus: stationary lens-shaped clouds that form in the troposphere.

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9. Mammatus clouds, aka "mammary clouds" or "breast clouds": a meteorological term applied to a rare pattern of pouches hanging underneath the base of a cloud.

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10. The Door to Hell, a gas fire in Turkmenistan accidentally ignited by scientists in 1971 and still burning.

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11. Namibia's mysterious Fairy Circles: Studies suggest that a sand termite is responsible for their creation.

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12. Undulatus asperatus aka "roughened or agitated waves": This cloud formation has been proposed as a separate cloud classification by the founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society and would be the first new type of cloud recognised since 1951.

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13. Bioluminescent waves on a beach in the Maldives: Various species of phytoplankton are known to bioluminesce; when washed ashore by the tides, their chemical energy is turned into light energy.

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14. Light pillars: an optical phenomenon formed by the reflection of sunlight or moonlight by ice crystals that are present in the Earth's atmosphere.

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15. Snow chimneys on Mount Erebus, Antarctica: the southernmost active volcano on Earth.

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16. Dirty thunderstorms, aka volcanic lightning, occur when lightning is produced in a volcanic plume.

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17. A sinkhole in Guatemala

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18. This is what a wild Pacific lamprey looks like

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