Most things that happen around us are what we expect to happen at one point in time or another. Things like the rising and setting of the sun, the plants and animals, water bodies, mountains, hills, valleys and other things we see in our environment are said to be natural. But among these objects of nature there are some that deviate from the natural. Here we will take a look at some of these deviations from nature, what I like to call natural oddities or the odds in nature.
The Blood Falls of Antarctica. The waterfalls we see are colourless in nature and are what we expect to see, but what about blood that falls from a height down to the glacier below it? Do we expect to see such a thing? Frightening, isn’t it? This was discovered in 1911 by a geographer/geologist named Thomas Griffith Taylor. Scientists have investigated the cause of the mysterious red flow and found that it is actually water that flows from a subterranean lake rich in iron. The high iron content of the lake gives the water its red colour. The blood-red water falls from the lake and stains the snow-white Taylor glacier which was named after Thomas Griffith Taylor, the man who discovered the site. Also, microorganisms have been found to 1300 feet below the ice, surviving on the iron and sulphur in the water.
Spitsbergen, Norway — the land of the midnight sun. Just as we already know, the sun rises and sets every day all round the year, making us know when a day starts and ends. But in Spitsbergen, Norway, from the 20th of April to the 23rd of August the sun never sets. During this period people in this place are oblivious to whether a day or 2 have passed. They cannot tell when it is midnight or noon. Lots of tourists visit Spitsbergen to experience this strange phenomenon and their hotel rooms are fitted with darkening curtains.
Fire Falls in Orchard Park, New York. Have you ever wanted to see a waterfall but instead ended up seeing a flame of fire where the waterfall is supposed to be? Actually it is a real waterfall with fire burning behind it; the colourless nature of the water makes it look as if it is fire that falls like water. This is called the Eternal Flame Falls, Orchard Park, New York. Geologists have discovered the cause of the flame to be a macro seep of natural gas from the earth below. About 1 kg of methane gas escapes to the surface of the earth per day due to a geological fault. It started in the early 20th century when a visitor put on a lighter at the waterfall. The water sometimes puts off the flame but someone will always be there to use a lighter.
The Catatumbo lightning of Ologa, Venezuela. The south-western corner of lake Maracaibo in Venezuela records the highest frequency of lightning in the world. More than 200 nights every year the area experiences lightning of sometimes 25 flashes and above per minute. The lightning was named after the Catatumbo river, which flows from Colombia into lake Maracaibo; it is also called Relampago de Catatumbo. This lightning activity hits the highest level in May and October and keeps travellers and visitors wide awake as they watch the spectacle. The National Weather Service classifies anything above 12 flashes per minute as excessive. What is your opinion of lightning of over 25 flashes per minute?
Blood Falls of Antarctica: Wikipedia
Spitsbergen, Norway midnight sun: Wikipedia
Fire Falls: Pinterest
Catatumbo lightning: Pinterest