30+ Natural Phenomena That Actually Exist. A Couple Of These Will Haunt Your Dreams

Dirty thunderstorms

Lake Natron in Tanzania

This is a salt lake fed by mineral-rich hot springs that is the only regular breeding area in East Africa for the 2.5 million lesser flamingoes. The flamingo population has been adversely affected in recent years by suspected heavy metal poisoning, and the lake is currently under threat by a proposed soda ash plant by Tata Chemicals.

Spotted Lake in Canada

Spotted Lake in Canada

The saline endorheic alkali lake contains some of the highest quantities of magnesium sulfate, calcium and sodium sulphates in the world.

Flammable ice bubbles

Flammable ice bubbles

These frozen bubbles of methane are trapped beneath Alberta’s Lake Abraham.

Red Tide

Red Tide

Bioluminescent dinoflagellates + the right conditions = Red Tide: a condition where the dinoflagellates become so numerous that the water takes on a muddy reddish colour.

Light pillars

Light pillars