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“In March, due to a natural phenomenon, Siberia’s Lake Baikal is particularly amazing to photograph. The temperature, wind and sun cause the ice crust to crack and form beautiful turquoise blocks or ice hummocks on the lake’s surface.” Photograph by Alex El Barto.

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Devil's Marbles, Australia. Just north of Alice Springs in the center of the country. Such an odd series of rock formations.

Photo of the Day: Devil’s Marbles, Australia

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How in the world can this be so balanced? Idol Rock -part of Brimham Rocks Covering an area of over 1 square kilometre on Brimham Moor in Nidderdale these millstone grit stacks have been eroded by glaciation, wind and rain to produce many fantastic shapes. Great natural rock stack.

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Dune 45 in Sossusvlei is one of the most beautiful sand dunes in the world. Standing over 170 meters, it is composed of 5 million year old sand that was brought by the Orange River from the Kalahari Desert.

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Sandstone Pedestal, Niger, 1997

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Ball shaped natural rock formation perched on pedestal shaped rock, Wyoming

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Escalante Grand Staircase Wilderness, Arizona. What a surreal image~

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Gallium is this crazy mineral that has a melting temperature of about 85 degrees fahrenheit so when you hold it, this metal will begin to melt in your hand.

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Now that's a horse! Not sure if this one hasn't been "retouched" Nice anyway!

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Oceanic squid fly in the air in the northwest Pacific Ocean, 600 km east of Tokyo. The mollusc propels itself out of the ocean by shooting a jet of water at high pressure, before opening its fins to glide at up to 11.2 metres per second.

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Liesegang Rings at Bouddi National Park -New South Wales, Australia

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Giant rock named Kummakivi (strange rock in Finnish) naturally finds balance, on another, rock a geological phenomenon found in Valtola Southern Savonia, Finland

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A snow roller is a rare meteorological phenomenon in which large snowballs are formed naturally as chunks of snow are blown along the ground by wind, picking up material along the way, in much the same way that the large snowballs used in snowmen are made. Unlike snowballs made by people, snow rollers are typically cylindrical in shape,

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Even though there are many other trees that are taller and wider at their base, they are no match to the infamous General Sherman tree. This tree outranks anything living on this planet by its sheer volume (excluding branches) and is considered to be the largest living organism on this planet. The estimated age of this tree is around 2,300-2,700 years old. It has survived multiple fires, climate change and – thankfully – the modern-day man.

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..Weathering for eons high above the vast Arizona desert in the heart of the Escalante Grand Staircase Wilderness, perches one of the most unique hoodoos on the planet. by Stephen Oachs..

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Fulgarite (sand that has been struck by lightning)

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A yardang in the Algerian desert. A feature caused by wind erosion. The ‘pedestal’ effect is created by wind-blown sand whose cutting force is strongest near ground level.

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Beautiful basalt columnar joints in California. These formed as magma cooled very slowly deep underground. The word "basalt" is said to mean "very hard."

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Aerogel, also know as frozen smoke, is the world’s lowest density solid, clocking in at 96% air. If you hold a small piece in your hand, it’s practically impossible to either see or feel, but if you poke it, it’s like styrofoam. It supports up to 4,000 times its own weight and can withstand a direct blast from two pounds of dynamite. It’s also the best insulator in existence!

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In the Sahara Desert in Egypt lie the oldest known astronomically aligned stones in the world: Nabta. Over one thousand years before the creation of Stonehenge, people built a stone circle and other structures on the shoreline of a lake that has long since dried up. Over 6,000 years ago, stone slabs three meters high were dragged over a kilometer to create the site. Shown above is one of the stones that remains. Little is known about the ultimate purpose of Nabta and the nature of the people who

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Snow blossoms on river rocks.

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Is nature cool, or what? OR WHAT!!!!!!

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Curved tree.

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Snow usually takes on this nice, soft, delicate shape as it blankets mountains and trees. But there’s a place where snow takes on the more ominous appearance of a knife. They’re called penitentes and they’re tall, thin blades of snow that point toward the sky. This natural phenomenon is the result of strong winds that compact the snow into blocks, where the sun then melts them into the shape of blades. When and Where can I see it: The largest penitentes — the ones that stand 6 feet tall —...

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