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7 Bizarre Natural Events You Need To See Before You Die

Updated on October 28, 2011

Forget about over-sized roadside attractions, cheesy theme parks and holing up in your accommodation. The world is full of bizarre natural phenomena that’s begging to be seen! From moving rocks to eternal lightning, here are some of the most spectacular events of the natural world.

The Sliding Rocks of Racetrack Playa


On the Racetrack Playa, in Death Valley National Park, rocks move in long tracks on the smooth valley floor without human or animal intervention. They’ve never been caught moving on film, but individual tracks grow for many years. Their paths can stop abruptly, change direction or even backtrack. No one knows for sure why the rocks do this, but it’s thought to be related to ice and strong winds.

Venezuela Everlasting Storm


Venezuela’ s Catatumbo Lightning is the most persistent thunderstorm in the world, flashing almost continuously for 200 days (and nights) of the year. It only happens over Lake Maracaibo, where a unique interaction of wind, heat and high mountain ranges results in nearly continuous thunderstorm activity.

Climbing Goats of Morocco


I love (LOVE) goats in all shapes and sizes, but these tree goats are a whole new level of goat awesomeness. It’s like a goat Christmas tree, only better because the trees decorate themselves. The goats climb these twisty, gnarly argan trees to munch on the leaves and olive-sized fruit, which has a undigestible nut-like pit. When the goats poo, argan farmers (for lack of a better term) gather the nuts, crack them open to extract the bitter kernels inside, which they grind and press into an expensive oil used in cosmetics and cooking.

Longest Wave in the World

Brazil’s famous tidal bore, called a pororoca, is a true tidal wave. The leading edge of the incoming tide forms a wave of water up to 4 metres high that travels as much as 300 km upstream on the Amazon River, according to National Geographic. Despite all the river debris and dangerous animals, the wave is a popular surfing spot. The world record ride is a whopping 43 minutes!

Black Sun


In the spring and fall, huge flocks of black starlings create fascinating patterns in the sky. The flocks can contain hundreds of thousands of birds and are so dense that they nearly block out the sun! The best time to view this phenomenon is right before sunset, when the birds are done feeding and are about to settle in for the night. And when birds of prey like hawks and eagles swoop into the picture, the starlings’ patterns become even more spectacular.

Guatemala Sinkhole


In 2010, a huge sinkhole swallowed a 3-story building in Guatemala. The hole is about 18 metres (60 feet) wide and 30 stories deep, according to a National Geographic article. It’s thought to have been caused by a ruptured sewer line, but no one knows for sure.

Belize Blue Hole


The Great Blue Hole is an underwater sinkhole off the coast of Belize. It’s 300 metres (984 ft) wide and about 40 stories deep (124 metres / 407 ft), and so perfectly round that it looks man-made. It’s an incredibly popular scuba diving spot full of bizarre stalactites, limestone formations and mammoth caverns.

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      gregg 6 years ago

      awesome pictures,Iwant to see them all

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      Neil Sperling 6 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      my pleasure 118%

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      CarliFrenneman 6 years ago

      Wow Neil, that's an INCREDIBLE video!! I can't get enough of it. Thanks for posting the link!

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      Neil Sperling 6 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      here is a video of the Starlings in Murmuration.

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      Julie S Ross 6 years ago from Irvine, California

      Fantastic information. Thank you, good Hub!

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      Loquacious Laura 6 years ago

      Hey, very fun hub and learned many things. I think they should go on my bucket list for sure. The goats are hilarious and very cute. Who knew?

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      MobyWho 6 years ago from Burlington VT

      We've seen the beautiful, like a ballet. They were over the Pasquotank river in Elizabeth,NC just north of Albemarle Sound, before entering the Dismal Swamp. Not as amazing as some, but still impressive. Fun Hub.

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      Moon Daisy 6 years ago from London

      Wow, there are some amazing things in the world. I love the Great Blue Hole, I would love to do some diving to explore that, (if only I were brave enough!). Must be a beautiful underwater world down there!

      The Guatemala sinkhole freaks me out. How can that even happen? Will have to Google to find more out about that one.

      And I also love the goat tree. How clever! I'm a big goad fan, and didn't realise quite how agile they can be. :)

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      Neil Sperling 6 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      Carli - Great job on a unique topic. Love to see them all but I have to say Venezuela appeals to me and I love a good thunderstorm. thanks

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      mikeq107 6 years ago

      Great hub ..loved the rocks and wave !!!!

      Mike :0)

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      Leah Lefler 6 years ago from Western New York

      I'd LOVE to see the Belize blue hole.. and the perpetual storm, too! Very interesting hub - I have family near Death Valley, so perhaps we'll get out to see the sliding rocks on our next trip to ski in Mammoth!

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      Reprieve26 6 years ago from Oregon Coast

      Wow-- what an interestign article! I liked that you included a variety of different types of natural events.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      abdiella 6 years ago

      great hub, and nice to meet you all :D i'm new here.

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      goego 6 years ago from Loserland


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      LaDena Campbell 6 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      I wanna see the moving rocks! Very interesting!

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      Donna Sundblad 6 years ago from Georgia

      Voted this hub interesting. Never heard of those climbing goats before, and family said it wasn't real. So I looked it up and sure enough it is real. Too funny! Enjoyable read.

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      CarliFrenneman 6 years ago

      Thank you!

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      sweetoneangel 6 years ago from New Jersey

      Great hub voted Awesome!

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      Candace Bacon 6 years ago from Far, far away

      These are some really interesting phenomena. I had no idea about the perpetual storm. It would freak me out to see the sinkhole underwater, though. Deep waters give me the willies. Cool hub!


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