The 5 Weirdest Environmental Phenomenons

There are many natural phenomenons littered across the world that simply dumbfound us. From the remains of a volcanic eruption causing a bridge towards a giant’s land, to the Greek’s attempt at making the first computer over 2,000 years ago, there have been some fascinating finds.

So, with that in mind, I’ll be looking at my top 5 weirdest environmental phenomenons.


5. The Eye of the Sahara

jw vortexWhile this may sound like it’s been taken straight out of the X-Files, this environmental phenomenon actually exists.

The Eye of the Sahara is genuinely real. It’s made up of a series of colossal rocks in a concentric formation, spanning across 25 miles. Initially, geologists believed the Eye was caused by a meteorite. However, research discovered that the series of alien-like circles is actually thanks to the remnants of a hugely eroded and collapsed rock dome.

Though, how the dome was so symmetrical is still a mystery.

I personally think it was Aliens.

4. Eisriesenwelt, Austria

austriaTwenty miles from Salzburg lies the cave known as the World of Giants. It was first discovered by Anton Posselt, an Austrian naturalist in 1879. Though, the locals had known of the cave’s existence for quite some time but refused to enter it for a fairly good reason…

It was the gateway to hell.

So, when Posselt returned from Hell, unharmed and in fairly good spirit, he published his findings shortly after. However, the First World War shrouded his discovery, so he didn’t get the credit he deserved. After the war subsided, the cave began to pick-up interest, with tourists wanting to see what all the fuss was about.

With variations of massive ice formations littering the interior, tourism only grew, leaving Posselt quite the happy man.

3. The Giants’ Causeway, Ireland

giants causewayWhile this may look like a level from a 90’s videogame, this rock formation is found in Ireland, and has been named The Giants’ Causeway.

The local’s explanation from this intricate rock formation tells a story of the Irish hero Finn MacCool, who laid down the stone pillars in order to build a bridge to Scotland so that he could fight the giant Benandonner.

However, Benandonner turned out to be slightly bigger than MacCool expected. So, in a clever attempt to better the giant, MacCool disguised himself as a huge baby, so when Benandonner found him, MacCool’s wife Una claimed that the huge baby was Finn’s newborn son.

Assuming that anyone who sired such a gigantic and muscular baby must have been a giant of incredible proportions, Benandonner beat cheeks back over the causeway, tearing it up as he went and leaving only the stub of the “bridgehead” in Antrim.

Despite this being quite the intriguing story, the scientists of the world have come up with something slightly different. The scientific explanation is that volcanic activity and rapid cooling created the rock’s strangely hexagonal formation.

2. Ross Island Ice Volcanoes, Antarctica

volcano antarcticaDespite being the world’s southernmost volcano, Mount Erebus may still feel slightly underappreciated. Why? Because it’s only the second largest volcano in Antarctica, as its brother Mount Sidley remains a mere 500 metres taller.

While it remains Antarctica’s most famous feature, it is unfortunately dwarfed by the other volcano, Mount Terror, which is dormant, making it slightly ironic.

Why is this weird? Well, considering Antarctica is the coldest place on Earth, having a volcano there doesn’t seem to match up with people’s expectations. Plus, the volcano itself is pretty powerful, considering it would have had to tunnel through Antarctica’s incredibly thick ice shelf in the first place.

1. Tesselated Pavement, Tasmania

tasmania pavementThe narrow isthmus known to many as Eaglehawk Neck boasts an incredibly weird and intricate geological formation that would rival the Giant’s Causeway.

The Tesselated Pavement gets its name from the its patterns that look like street maps. However, this isn’t the work of Aliens (unfortunately) in fact, the phenomenon is entirely natural.

It is caused by polygonal faults in the sedimentary rock formations that span across the Tasmanian coast. The salt water that washes over these formations cause ridges and cracks, making them appear like maps.

The Eaglehawk Neck formation is actually pretty big and the map-like design is very consistent.


So, that makes up my list of the 5 weirdest environmental phenomenons! Are there any that you know about that should have made it onto my list? Perhaps you know of one that not many people have heard about…

Let me know in the comments below!

 

Author: Ben Taylor

Eco Warrior! Recycling Buff! Owner of James Waste Management LLP, UK recycling over 90% of waste.

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