Get ready to feast your eyes on some truly incredible, unique sights!
10. Snow-Covered Trees
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You’re probably saying to yourself, “What’s so rare and amazing about snow-covered trees?” Well, ordinarily, the answer would be nothing. But, these are no ordinary snow-covered trees. During the winter months, the spruce trees in Lapland (a.k.a. Finland) develop a hard, frosty covering that transforms them into “sculptures,” so to speak, that look somewhat like mini mushroom clouds.
“I felt like in a fairy tale, the huge frozen trees were out of this world, it was like another planet,” tourist Irene Hennet wrote in an email to The New York Times. “This was a completely different world than what we find in Switzerland.”
9. Underwater Forest
This sunken forest of petrified fir trees is part of the 1,300 ft long Lake Kaindy in Kazakhstan’s portion of the Tian Shan Mountains. Located 80 miles from the city of Almaty, this underwater marvel was formed by an earthquake that happened back in 1911. The earthquake created a natural dam that slowly filled with rainwater over the years. As a result, the trees that were damaged during the earthquake were submerged in the water.
FUN FACT: Believe it or not, the trees still have needles on their branches. This is due to the cooler temperatures in the water.
8. Glowing Forest
Luminescent mushrooms are the reason why this forest in Shikoku, Japan, glows. Typically found in clusters on dead logs and tree stumps, these fungi get their glow from an enzyme known as luciferese. According to The Japan Times, when luciferese comes in contact with oxygen, it emits light and causes organisms containing it to glow.
FUN FACT: There are about ten varieties of luminescent mushrooms that grow in Japan. But, there are others that grow in different parts of the world as well.
7. Rainbow Eucalyptus Tree
Commonly known as the Indonesian gum tree, the rainbow eucalyptus tree‘s outer bark sheds annually, revealing its inner green bark. When the bark matures, it turns purple, orange and maroon — hence the name rainbow eucalyptus.
-This tree is the only Eucalyptus species found naturally in New Britain, New Guinea, Seram, Sulawesi, and Mindanao.
-This tree grows to up to 250 feet high and 125 feet wide. NOTE: It grows much shorter (100-125 feet high) outside of its natural habitat. Its natural habitat is moist, humid tropical forested areas with high rainfall.
-In Hawaii, the rainbow eucalyptus is planted as a street tree and shade tree.
6. Frozen Air Bubbles
What could be cooler than air bubbles? Frozen air bubbles, of course! This truly amazing sight can be found under Alberta, Canada’s Lake Abraham. And, speaking of sight, when it comes to these bubbles, you’d be smart to look and not touch. That’s because these bubbles are actually frozen pockets of methane, which, as you know, is a highly flammable gas. That being said, you’d better not light a match near one of these bad boys either!
So, just how do these flammable bubbles get trapped beneath the lake’s surface to begin with? According to Smithsonian Magazine, “methane bubbles form in bodies of water when dead organic matter (leaves and animals) falls into the water and sinks to the bottom, to the delight of bacteria waiting below. The bacteria munches on the matter and poops out methane, which turns to white floating blobs when it comes into contact with frozen water.”
Painite is believed to be the world’s rarest gem. It’s so rare in fact that up until 2001, only three painite crystals were known to exist. There have been additional discoveries since then, but it still remains a rare gem.
-Painite was first discovered in Burma in the 1950s. The first two to be discovered now reside in the Natural History Museum in London.
-Painite is found only in Myanmar.
-Painites have a hardness of 8, so they have great resistance to scratching. However, they may contain fractures and inclusions that make them susceptible to everyday wear and tear.
-The cut gems are sometimes mistaken for rubies or garnets.
4. Corpse Flower
This flower gets its unique name from its smell. That’s right, the corpse flower smells like rotten meat or a decaying corpse! This smell is emitted when the flower is in bloom. Thankfully, it rarely blooms, and when it does, the odor lasts only a few days.
-The corpse flower grows only in the equatorial rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia.
-This flower is one of the world’s largest and rarest flowering structures.
-Carrion beetles, flesh flies and other carnivorous insects are attracted to this plant’s pungent smell.
-The plant’s smell, color and temperature are meant to attract pollinators and help ensure the continuation of the species.
3. White Peacock
Contrary to popular belief, white peacocks are not albinos. Their color is actually due to a genetic mutation called Leucism, the result of which is the absence of pigment. But, like the India Blue peacocks, the white peacock also has eyespots on its train — although they’re faint.
-White peacocks are a rare species of peacock. They are found mainly in the grasslands of Australia and India.
-White peacocks have blue eyes.
-It is believed that white peacocks are bred naturally in India.
-The offspring of a white and non-white peacock will have small white patches on its primary wing feathers.
2. Peacock Spider
Peacock spiders, as you can see from the image above, have colorful rear ends that look like peacock feathers. Found only in specific parts of China and Australia, these unique creatures are no bigger than a fingernail.
So, just how did they end up with such colorful butts? According to an article published by National Geographic, it’s a combination of pigments and light-reflecting structures.
FUN FACT: According to National Geographic, it’s the males who have the colorful rear ends, and they use them to woo potential mates.
1. Purple Corn
Many of you probably already know that purple potatoes exist. But, did you also know that there’s such a thing as purple corn? Yep, it’s true. It’s a type of flint maize grown in the Andes. It’s most commonly found in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru.
-Its kernels are often used to color foods and beverages.
-Purple corn was once a sacred crop to the ancient Incan civilizations.
-Purple corn has many health benefits and plays a significant role in cellular health, obesity, diabetes, inflammation, and vascular integrity.
Have you ever come across any of these rare, amazing sights? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for reading!