Our mother Earth provides the platform for the most amazing of visual treats. From light shows to fireworks to decoration of places, nature provides it all. Thousands of tourists flock every year to get the firsthand experience of the serenity of nature. As a result, we look at the top 10 works of nature that astound visitors ever year. These are world’s most amazing natural phenomenon.
#10-Naga Fireballs: Mekong River Spitting up Fireballs each year in October
What would you do if you were walking along a tropical river at night and it suddenly began burping up egg-sized balls of red light? That’s exactly what happens every year in October along the Mekong River (Laos). This phenomenon is known as Naga Fireballs. These ghost fireballs were one of the many secrets that science could not explain up until 2014. It has since been confirmed by the Science Ministry as a natural occurrence which is caused by flammable phosphine gas.
The phenomenon of the Naga fireballs has not been very well received in the ancient times. Some say that the Wat Lunag temple in Phon Phisai contain old written records mentioning them. Ghostly fireballs can be seen in the late October-early November period with the end of the monsoons leaving the Mekong River replenished with lots of water. Balls rise out from different parts of the river, but they mostly arise from a single spot.
#9- Chichen Itza, Mexico: The Illuminated Snake
It actually occurs twice a year- during the solar equinoxes- spring and fall (March 20 and September 23 respectively). Late afternoon on fall and spring equinoxes, the sun projects an undulating pattern of light on the northern part of the structure providing us with a pattern that evokes the appearance of a massive serpent sliding down the structure. The reason for the illumination is due to the angle of the sun rays and the edge of the steps that define the Itza’s construction.
Rising on the northern platform of the Chichen Itza is the temple of Kukulkan (a Maya feathered serpent deity) which is also known as “El Castillo” (The Castle). El Castillo’s design is thought to relate the Mayan calendar. Each of the four sides have 91 steps each. With the top platform being counted as a step it adds up to 365 steps: a step for each day of the year.