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Scaly foot Gastropod - these snail species have an iron shell that they incorporate from tiny iron particles floating along the ocean.

iridescent rainbow cloud in Himalaya

Ruby Throated Hummingbird - Express Photos

Triplofusus giganteus (Kiener, 1840) Horse Conch

The natural phenomenon of Trovants: stones that literally grow by themselves. Romania may be known as the land of Dracula, but it is also a land where nature has had an interesting activity. Far less known to the world than Dracula, stand an impressive number of stones which quite literally grow by themselves. The stones are real and known as Trovants.Near a village, just south of central Romania a number...

southcarolinaboy: Jabuticaba (Plinia cauliflora, formerly Myrciara cauliflora) - a tree that grows its fruit on the trunk and branches.

Secret Fore Edge Paintings Revealed in Early 19th Century Books at the University of Iowa seasons painting illustration fore edge painting books

The sliding rocks in Death Valley National Park: Racetrack Playa is almost completely flat, 2.5 miles from north to south and 1.25 miles from east to west, and covered with cracked mud. The rocks -- some weighing hundreds of pounds, slide across the sediment, leaving furrows in their wakes, but no one has actually witnessed it; even NASA cannot explain it.

Mojave Purple turquoise

"A rare optic sight, the “Brocken spectre,” which occurs when a person stands at a higher altitude in the mountains and sees his shadow cast on a cloud at a lower altitude."

The Mycena lux-coeli mushrooms, known locally as shii no tomobishi-dake (literally, "chinquapin glow mushrooms"), sprout from fallen chinquapin trees. As they grow, a chemical reaction involving luciferin (a light-emitting pigment contained within the mushrooms) occurs, causing them to glow a ghostly green.

The phenomena of "murmuration", when huge flocks of birds ("starlings" to be exact) in migration form shape-shifting flight patterns, is a truly amazing wonder to behold.

It is as beautiful as it is rare. A frost flower is created on autumn or early winter mornings when ice in extremely thin layers is pushed out from the stems of plants or occasionally wood. This extrusion creates wonderful patterns which curl and fold into gorgeous frozen petioles giving this phenomenon both its name and its appearance.

Alien Landscapes: Lapland, Finland

18 ton Nephrite Jade boulder found in Canada in 2000… considered the world's largest piece of pure jade, has been carved into a Buddha statue

Being struck by lightning is a dangerous and scary experience and can even be fatal. Sometimes, the electrical discharge can leave a tattoo-like marking or scar known as a LICHTENBERG FIGURE. The patterns created are known to be examples of fractals.

a photograph of a star forming, courtesy of Hubble…