The world is filled with mysteries. Some of them are solved, some you can’t fathom, and some that remain completely unknown. But, with time, the unknown becomes known, and once verified, it becomes fact.
We invite you to check these 10 different facts about the Earth that are rarely mentioned in textbooks.
This will leave you amazed!
1. Blood Falls in Antarctica.
Things are getting more stranger. Well, there is a waterfall in Antarctica, and it’s not a regular one, it’s “bloody,” and the water is salty. It’s explained by the huge amount of iron in the water, which makes the water red. The waterfall source is an ancient salt lake covered with a 1300-ft-thick layer of ice. Eventually, scientists found that the lake is inhabited with microorganisms that get energy without sunlight.
2. Sailing stones.
It is in Death Valley, California, U.S.A., where there is a phenomenon called Sailing rocks. You may be surprised how the stones move from one place to another. But, scientists believe that the reason for this is the huge pieces of ice that move.
3. Eye of Africa.
Africa has a big eye, can you imagine it! The Richat Structure (also known as the Eye of Africa) is so massive that astronauts in orbit actually use it for navigation. The Richat looks like a crater; scientists think it was formed differently, which is erosion.
4. Crooked forest.
Have you ever heard of the crooked forest? Well, it exists. This forest is located west of Poland, not far from Gryfino. Where the trees there grow crooked, and the reason is not quite clear. There is no clear explanation behind this phenomenon, but some suggest that the wind or a snowstorm might have curved the trees, or perhaps people made it that way when they were planting the trees.
5. In the past, Earth could’ve been violet.
This may sound strange or like a joke to you, but some scientists are convinced that in the past, plants used to have a completely different pigment instead of chlorophyll (which makes the plants green). So this pigment was making the vegetation look violet.
6. Antarctica is the driest place on the planet.
Can you imagine that the driest place on our planet is not a hot desert like you’d think, but rather, the cold McMurdo Dry Valleys in Antarctica? In fact, there hasn’t been any rain for over 2 million years in some parts of the valleys. Some Parts There are so similar to Mars that NASA even did a test with their space probe.
7. Unknown species in the ocean.
We don’t know that much about the creatures that live deep in the ocean. We barely know things about the ocean. But today, we have learned about only 5% of the ocean, and scientists keep discovering new species. Some of the creatures you see in these photos above were found in June 2017 near Australia.
8. Singing Sands.
It is quite a fantastic phenomenon. It’s the singing sands in the desert, it is caused by friction of sand particles. If the mass of sand moves more, the sound will get louder. Sometimes, the sands sound like an organ — you can check this out for yourself by watching this video.
9. Exploding lakes.
Strange things exist in the world. Some lakes are dangerous not because of how deep they are but because there are dangerous gases inside them. In fact, one such lake is Nyos. On August 21, 1986, there was a massive catastrophe, and as a result, there were many CO2 emissions, and 1,700 people suffered.
10. Everest is not the highest mountain on the planet.
We all know that Everest is the highest mountain in the world if you count from sea level, it’s 29,029 ft. On the other hand, if you measure from the bottom of the ocean, then the highest peak in the world is Mauna Kena in Hawaii. It is 13,803 ft above sea level and 33,474 ft below sea level.