The optical phenomenon is formed by the reflection of sunlight or moonlight by ice crystals that are present in the Earth’s atmosphere. The light pillars resemble thin columns that extend vertically above the source of light. They have been known to produce false UFO reports.
Also known as rainbow gum, the patches of outer bark are shed annually at different times, darkening and maturing to give blue, purple, orange and then maroon tones.
These ice crystals are commonly found growing on young sea ice and thin lake ice in extremely cold, calm conditions nearing -22C or -7.6F.
Snow chimneys on Mount Erebus, Antarctica
This is the southernmost active volcano on Earth.
The white ethereal terraces of travertine in south western Turkey were designated a World Heritage site in 1988.
Door to Hell
The Door to Hell is a gas fire in Turkmenistan accidentally ignited by scientists in 1971 and still burning. Oops.
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