The Door to Hell - Turkmenistan. A natural gas fire, set by the Russians to burn off in a few days. That was four decades ago.
Rafflesia arnoldii the world’s largest flower. Diameter of about one meter and weighing up to ten kilograms. It's rare & not easily located, growing once a year, blooming for 5 days. The flower looks and smells like rotting flesh & is related to violets, poinsettias & passionflowers. It's nickname is “meat flower” or “corpse flower”. Found in Indonesian rain forests of southeastern Asia and Philippines.
This is a rare meteorological phenomenon called a skypunch. When people see these, they think it's the end of the world. Ice crystals form above the high-altitude cirro-cumulo-stratus clouds, then fall downward, punching a hole in the cloud cover. #Meteorology #Weather #Clouds
Ice circles are a natural anomaly known to rarely occur in very cold climates. Scientists speculate that they are formed from whirlpools that rise to the surface and then freeze in the shape of a perfect circle. The largest reported ice circle was measured at 150 meters in diameter.
Japanese Scientists Find Mutant Butterflies Near Fukushima - Environment, ..butterflies collected from the Fukushima area about two months after the 2011 accident were more likely to have leg, antennae, and wing shape mutations than those found elsewhere [and] butterflies found in areas with higher levels of radiation developed much smaller wings and eye irregularities. After breeding these butterflies in a laboratory, researchers found the next generation had numerous abnormalities not seen in
"Saturn, photographed by Cassini. In what some call “the most stunning photograph ever taken”, the Cassini probe captured Saturn backlit by the Sun. What's more stunning is that Earth is visible in this photo, as a tiny dot just above the rings on the left."
This is a unique geological phenomenon known as Danxia landform. These phenomena can be observed in several places in China. This example is located in Zhangye, Province of Gansu. The color is the result of an accumulation for millions of years of red sandstone and other rocks.