I have always believed that the world is incomprehensibly beautiful and has an endless prospect of wonder and magic. People travel all over the world to discover and comprehend these mysteries. Some have been scientifically justified and some, to this day, remains an unusual phenomenon of our oh so enigmatic nature. Today we explore a few of these places in the world which leave us with a million questions but also, satisfies every piece of our soul.
Door to Hell: Derweze, Turkmenistan
Believed to be an oil field in 1971 by Soviet engineers, drilling operations concluded that they had stumbled upon gas instead. When the drilling rig collapsed into a large crater, the engineers thought that poisonous gases had been released into the atmosphere. What did they do next? They burned the gases. According to their estimates, the fire should have stopped burning in a few weeks. It continues to burn till this day.
Naga Fireballs: Mekong River, Thailand
Around the same time every year during the end of Buddhist Lent in late October, the Mekong River spews out fireballs, reportedly ranging from a measly ten to a thousand unexplained balls of fire per night. It’s celebrated as the Phayanak festival and thousands gather at the river’s shore to witness this bizarre phenomenon. While scientists have no proper explanation for this, one theory suggests that fermented sediment in the river rises to surface and combusts. Locals believe that the fireballs are emitted from Naga, a mythical serpent that lurks underneath the water. Pay this strange festival a visit, but make sure you don’t go swimming because you never know! No one wants to end up as mythical serpent chow.
Salar de Uyuni
Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia is both the world’s largest salt flat (it’s about 4,000 square miles) and the home of half the planet’s lithium, a key component in most electronics’ batteries.The wet season turns it into a perfectly reflective lake.
Usually spotted only near the poles, nacreous clouds form very high in the atmosphere (twice as high as commercial aeroplanes fly), where the air is particularly cold and dry. The colourful shine actually comes from the setting sun being lowering the sky than the clouds, so they reflect sunbeams back toward Earth. Unfortunately, while they’re beautiful, nacreous clouds also destroy ozone, the compound that protects us from the sun’s most dangerous rays.
Underwater waterfalls: Mauritius
Another popular exploration location is the underwater waterfall that’s found in Mauritius. We know a secret though — This “waterfall” is actually a marvellous optical illusion, and possibly one of the greatest that has been pulled of by nature. The illusion is caused by a drop-off in the seafloor due to a chasm and the “waterfall” that visitors are convinced they’ve seen is actually sand being pulled from the islands and down into the chasm