Aurora Borealis, Norway: When energetic particles from the magnetosphere hit the earth's atmosphere, the skies in the planet's northernmost regions turn into an artist's palette of green and blue swathes and swirls in the spectacle known as the Northern Lights.

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Norway: Observe Polar Night and Polar Lights Northern Lights near the town of Svovaer in the Lofoten Islands Why Go: The northern town o.

Geothermal Pools, Yellowstone National Park, USA: Old Faithful draws the masses, but a more interesting and varied foray into the geothermal wonders awaits along the boardwalk trail of West Thumb Geyser Basin. Here, Morning Glory Pool. (imagebroker.net / SuperStock)

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Geothermal Pools, Yellowstone National Park, USA: Old Faithful draws the masses, but a more interesting and varied foray into the geothermal wonders awaits along the boardwalk trail of West Thumb Geyser Basin. Here, Morning Glory Pool.

Jellyfish Lake, Palau: Swimming in a lake full of jellyfish might sound like a form of medieval torture. But in a freshwater lake of Palau's Rock Islands, the predator-less jellyfish have lost their ability to sting. (Courtesy Hook Line and Thinker)

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stingless jellyfish, Jellyfish Lake, Rock Islands, Palau, photo courtesy Hook Line and Thinker

Glowworm Caves, Waitomo, New Zealand:The limestone caves in the Waitomo region of New Zealand's North Island are home to Arachnocampa luminosa, a unique-to-New Zealand glow worm that manifests itself like an entire galaxy of light on the ceilings and walls of the dark caves here. (JTB Photo / SuperStock)

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Monarch Migration, Valle de Bravo, Mexico: The butterfly effect is in full effect every autumn when monarchs from the Rocky Mountains make like snowbirds, flying between 1,200 and 2,800 miles south for the more moderate climes of forested regions high in Mexico's mountains. (age fotostock / SuperStock)

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Occasionally, you'll see red and purple streaks during Aurora Borealis. The lights make predictable appearances every winter in places like the Lofoten Islands and Tromso in Norway.

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Occasionally, you'll see red and purple streaks during Aurora Borealis. The lights make predictable appearances every winter in places like the Lofoten Islands and Tromso in Norway.

Coral Spawning, Bonaire: Every year—most often in the months of September and October, the coral-clad walls fringing Bonaire become awash with tiny white, orange, and pink spheres that erupt from the corals and float on the currents to continue the cycle life. (Courtesy Buddy Dive Resort)

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Some of our planet's most unsuspecting elements are responsible for the most extravagant productions (move over, Cirque du Soleil). Best of all, these natural phenomena are on the house, courtesy of Mother Nature.

Volcan Pacaya, Guatemala: You'll likely melt the rubber on your sneakers' soles at some point during the 1.5 hour hike to this active, lava-producing volcano about 15 miles outside of Guatemala City. (Westend61 / SuperStock)

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Volcan Pacaya, Guatemala: You'll likely melt the rubber on your sneakers' soles at some point during the hour hike to this active, lava-producing volcano about 15 miles outside of Guatemala City.

Firefly Trees, Papua New Guinea: At locations across Southeast Asia—from India and Malaysia to Papua New Guinea—fireflies congregate in "display" trees and bushes along mangrove-lined rivers where they breed, synchronizing their flashes for all to see.   (Minden Pictures / SuperStock)

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Firefly Trees, Papua New Guinea: At locations across Southeast Asia—from India and Malaysia to Papua New Guinea—fireflies congregate in "display" trees and bushes along mangrove-lined rivers where they breed, synchronizing their flashes for all to see.

Every day some 20 million tons of ice break off of the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier in Greenland. (Holger Leue / SuperStock)

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Stock Photo : Iceberg from Ilulissat Kangerlua Icefjord with hole.


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