The most mysterious places on the planet. Nature and its mysteries

8 mysterious places in nature, whose mystery no scientist can unravel

We have already written about the mysterious, strange, scary and most inexplicable places on the planet more than once. But the world never ceases to amaze, and if you go deeper into the unique nature of this or that place, you can again see a lot of unexplored things. Where, for example, all of a sudden a lake disappears from the surface of the earth? Or where in the river is the water so hot that you can make yourself a strong tea without using any heating? Scientists have been puzzling over these and many other questions for years.

We at love to travel and are constantly looking for new routes. And quite by chance we stumbled upon the mysterious places of our planet, the mysteries of which have not yet been solved. And many of them are accessible, so you can come and look at these natural wonders with your own eyes.

The Endless Thunderstorm

In the state of Zulia in Venezuela, there are many more thunderstorm days than there are clear ones. Near the Catatumbo River, lightning flashes almost constantly, and thunderstorms last from 140 to 160 nights a year. Lightning appears at night and can continue to flash for about 10 hours straight. Up to 280 flashes can be seen per hour. Their intensity is so great that light from them can be seen from a distance of 400 km. Surprisingly, there are no peals of thunder along with the lightning.

Perhaps the emergence of lightning can be explained by the fact that the area around is very swampy. As the Catatumbo River flows through the swamps, it washes out organic compounds, which release ionized methane as they decompose. The methane, as it rises to the clouds, collides with the winds, and the effect is amazing. At the same time, there are many places where the methane content in the air is much higher, but there is no lightning there.

2. Boiling River

Hot springs no longer surprise anyone, but the whole river with boiling water has been perplexing for many years. In Peru in a tributary of the Amazon runs 6 km of real boiling water – a river about 6 m deep . The water temperature reaches 100 °C. For comparison, the temperature of hot tea or coffee is about 60 °C.

The locals call the river Shanai-Timpishka, which means “heated by the heat of the sun”. Animals accidentally caught in the river die instantly. And among the microorganisms that live on the banks, there are previously unknown to science species that are resistant to temperatures at which all other bacteria die.

To heat a body of water to such temperatures, you need a heat source with a lot of energy. But the nearest active volcano is almost 700 km away from the riverbed, so the origin of the hot springs that may feed Shanai-Timpishka is still confusing to researchers.

3. Glowing lights in the sky

In the Hessdalen Valley in Norway, residents regularly observe unusual lights of different colors and sizes in the sky. They sweep across the sky and disappear, move chaotically from place to place, and sometimes simply remain in place for several hours. Their light is so bright that it often even disturbs the sleep of the townspeople.

Scientists rule out the theory that the light might come from buildings, airplanes or other vehicles. The lights are known to make no sound, appear cool, and leave no burn marks on the ground (unlike ball lightning). In addition, they sterilize the soil by killing bacteria when in contact with the ground.

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According to researchers, the mysterious lights may be caused by the presence of copper, sulfur and zinc in the valley, which make it a kind of large natural “battery.” There is also the possibility that it is a local ball lightning, which does not occur here during thunderstorms, but in any weather, due to the peculiar geology of the region. There are quite a few other theories, but so far none of them have been fully proven.

4. Wandering lights on the lake

Another mysterious lights are in Finland. However, here they do not fly in the sky, but wander on the water surface of Lake Paasselkä, and from ancient times. You can observe them in autumn. Some of them have a spherical shape, others look like tongues of flame.

In general, such wandering lights can be found not only here, but this particular lake has managed to capture this phenomenon. There is a lot of controversy about the origin of these lights: some say that they are discharges of electricity in the atmosphere, while others argue that it is flammable methane coming out of the ground.

Scientists attribute the appearance of glowing discharges to strong magnetic fields, which usually happens before a thunderstorm. Such lights usually appear on towers, tall trees, rock tops, masts and even on the hulls of flying airplanes. But how they are formed on the water surface, no one can yet explain.

5. Sleepy village

Since 2013 in Kazakhstan in the village of Kalachi strange things have been happening to the locals. All of a sudden people had drowsiness, memory loss and even hallucinations. Local residents fell asleep literally on the move, no matter where they were at that moment – at work, on the street, in school, at home, etc. Sleep could last from several hours to a week.

And when people woke up, they said that it was more like a hallucination than a dream. It seemed that they were conscious, their brain was working, but it was simply impossible to move any part of the body. That is, neither the brain nor the body was resting during this sleep.

Numerous studies were conducted, but the true cause could not be determined. Infection and bacterial factors were completely excluded, radiation background in the village was also normal. The question of resettlement was raised, but not all residents wanted to leave their native village.

Most likely, the reason for the “sleeping sickness” was the uranium mines located a few kilometers away from the village, which were a source of carbon monoxide, which made people sleepy. But whether this is true or not is not known for certain. Nevertheless, no more cases of “sleeping sickness” have been reported in the village since 2016.

6. Perfectly round stones

One of the most remote places on Earth is the secluded island of Champa in the Arctic, where the landscape is rather sparse, there is no wildlife, and mosses and lichens appear only for a few weeks in the short northern summer. But seamless stone “balls” ranging in size from 2 cm to several meters are scattered all over the surface of the island. They look so perfectly round that they look as if they were made by man. But scientists are sure that people have never lived here.

Every geologist who has investigated this phenomenon has his own version of the origin of these stone balls. Some believe that these balls appeared as a result of washing of the boulders by the coastal waters. But only this version can be fair to small round stones, but not meters. There is no official version of their origin yet. By the way, similar balls are still in some corners of our planet, but where they came from is also not clear.

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7. Cave with unique inhabitants

In Romania there is a cave, which is about 5 million years old. At a depth of 18 m, on the territory, the total area of which is 1 200 sq. m, in complete isolation from the external environment exists an entire world, which has no analogues anywhere. So far, has explored only 300 square meters. m of the entire area, and people have found about 50 species of different animals (micro-organisms, scorpions, leeches, spiders, woodlice and other insects and crustaceans), most of which are unknown to science.

Inside the cave there is almost no oxygen, but a very high concentration of hydrogen sulfide, as well as carbon dioxide, ammonia and methane. Due to the peculiarities of the atmosphere, a long stay in the cave is dangerous for humans.

It is still unclear why the cave was tightly closed off from the world. The main version of scientists is that some of its inhabitants did not die during the ice ages, but were trapped, evolved and adapted to life underground. It has been established that the cave has been completely isolated for the last 500,000 years and that the ancestors of all the species of animals in it lived in the tropical climate that reigned in Romania millions of years ago.

8. Waterfall to Nowhere

An amazing waterfall is located on the Brule River in Minnesota. Strictly speaking, they are two waterfalls that are separated by a massive rock. With the right waterfall everything is clear: streams of water flow into the lake. But the left, western waterfall is formed in the form of a stone well, where from a height of 3 meters streams of water fall, which then disappear without a trace. And it is called the Devil’s Kettle.

The stone sink never overflows, and it seems as if the waterfall fills some bottomless reservoir. Scientists have repeatedly tried to locate the places where the water comes back to land by throwing a variety of objects inside the waterfall, pouring out large volumes of stained liquid. However, none of the thrown objects ever swam downstream.

Most likely, the water is flowing back into the Brühl River: experts measured the water flow in front of the waterfall and a hundred meters away, and the readings were almost identical. It is possible that the water comes out of the ground somewhere, but this requires conditions that would ensure the free passage of the river flow. And if this were possible, the passage would have long ago been clogged with sand, stones, logs or branches. And no one has yet been able to find out what happened to the objects that were thrown into the rocky ledge.

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18 Mysterious Places on the Planet That Never Ends in Legend

On our planet, along with modern, technologically and industrially developed megacities, there are many places created by ancient masters or by nature itself.

Each such site has its own legend and, of course, is silent about many things. Mysterious places cause a lot of questions from scientists, confused by anomalous phenomena and unexplored.

There are many mysterious places on Earth

Devil’s Tower, USA

The so-called Devil’s Tower is actually a natural rock of amazingly regular shape and consists of columns with sharp angles. This truly mysterious place, which, according to studies, is more than 200 million years old, is located in what is now the state of Wyoming.

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Devil's Tower or Devil's Tower was formed from the molten magma

The Devil’s Tower is several times larger than the pyramid of Cheops and from the outside it looks like a man-made structure. Because of its unreal size and unnaturally regular configuration, the rock has been the object of attention of many scientists, and the locals claim that it was built by Satan himself.

Aerial view of Devil's Tower

Mounds of Cahokia, USA

Cahokia, or Cahokia, is an abandoned Native American town whose ruins lie just outside of Illinois, USA. The site is a reminder of how ancient civilizations lived, and its intricate structure proves that this area was inhabited by a highly advanced people even 1500 years ago. The ancient city is striking in its scale, with a network of terraces and 30-meter high earthen mounds preserved, as well as an enormous solar calendar.

Aerial view of Cahokia Mound

It is still unknown why the nearly 40,000-strong community abandoned their settlement, or which Indian tribes are direct descendants of the Cahokians. In spite of this, the mounds of Cahokia are a favorite destination for many tourists who come here in hopes of unraveling the mystery of the ancient city.

40,000 residents left the city shortly before Columbus' voyages

Chavinda, Mexico

This mystical place, according to aboriginal beliefs, is the center of the intersection of the real and otherworlds. That is why incredible things happen here that are difficult for modern man to understand.

Just over 6,000 people live in Chavinda

Chavinda is of interest to many treasure hunters, because according to legends this area hides unseen riches. Unfortunately, no one has yet managed to find the treasure. In many cases, treasure hunters attribute their failures to the otherworldly forces.

Locals believe they live on the edge of worlds

Newgrange, Ireland

Newgrange is the oldest structure in what is now Ireland, and is roughly 5,000 years old. It is believed that this long corridor with a transverse room is a tomb, but for whom, scientists have not yet been able to determine.

Newgrange is 40 km from Dublin

It is still unknown how ancient people were able to build such a perfect structure, which for five thousand years has not only been lucky to survive, preserving its primitive appearance, but also to remain completely waterproof.

The stones at the entrance to the tomb are decorated with a spiral pattern

Pyramids of Yonaguni, Japan

The mysterious underwater pyramids near the western Japanese island of Yonaguni are the subject of much debate among modern archaeologists and surveyors. The main question is whether the structures are a natural phenomenon or were created by an ancient human hand.

Only divers can see the city of Yonaguni

Numerous studies have established that the age of the pyramids of Yonaguni is more than 10 thousand years. Therefore, if the Yonaguni monuments were created by mysterious civilizations unknown to us, then the history of mankind should be rewritten.

Geoglyphs of Nasca, Peru

The geoglyphs of Nasca in Peru are one of the most mysterious places on the planet. They have been discovered in the middle of the last century and are still actively discussed by scientists, who cannot say unequivocally, what ancient people wanted to express by these giant drawings of animals and for what purpose they were used?

Geoglyphs were rediscovered in 1939 by archaeologist Paul Kosock

Unfortunately, it is already impossible to ask the creators, scientists offer 2 basic versions: some, leaning to space theory of geoglives origin, believe that they are landmarks for alien ships, others argue that they are giant lunar calendars. In any case, the rock carvings of Naska are a proof of the existence on the territory of modern Peru of the most ancient and mysterious civilization, which had lived here long before the famous Incas and was highly advanced.

 They are drawn on the surface by excavation.

Black Bamboo Hollow, China

The Black Bamboo Hollow or Heizhu is probably the scariest place on Earth. The locals have nicknamed it the Valley of Death, and they don’t want to go near it for any money. The mere memory of the ravine makes them very afraid.

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Heizhu is one of the strongest anomalous zones on the planet

Children and pets are said to vanish without a trace down the valley, and there is ample documented evidence to prove it. Scientists have been interested in the Black Bamboo Hollow for decades and have managed to prove that the valley in China’s Sichuan province is an abnormal area with a harsh climate and sharply changing weather conditions, all of which provoke land subsidence, which, according to scientists, is the reason why people disappeared.

In the Black Bamboo Hollow, fog often descends in a matter of seconds

Giant’s Trail, Ireland

The Giant’s Trail, or the Giant’s Way in Northern Ireland, is an amazing coastal area formed centuries ago by a volcanic eruption. It consists of about 40,000 basalt columns that look like giant steps.

The Giant's Causeway is attributed to volcanic origin.

The natural landmark is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This place deserves admiration, so it is visited every year by more than a thousand tourists from all over the world.

Most basalt columns are hexagonal

Gozek Circle, Germany

The Gozek Circle is an ancient Neolithic building in the German county of Burgenlandkreis. The circle was accidentally discovered in the early 1990s, while surveying the area from an airplane.

Gozek circle after restoration

The original appearance of the building was returned only after a complete reconstruction. Scientists have little doubt that the Gozek Circle was used for astronomical observations and the compilation of the calendar. This proves that our ancestors also studied the cosmic bodies, their movements and kept track of time.

Scientists believe the find to be an ancient observatory

Moai Monuments on Easter Island

Easter Island is world-famous for the giant Moai statues located throughout its territory. Each such megalithic figure is a large monument created by the masters of the ancient civilization in the crater of the local volcano Rano Raraku.

The Moai are 3 to 5 meters in size.

A total of about 1000 remains of such man-made monuments have been found on the island. Most have already gone under water.

The statues keep their secrets.

Today, the vast majority of the statues are once again placed on platforms facing the ocean, from where they continue to greet visitors to the island and remind them of the former power of the ancient people who inhabited these expanses.

Tablets of Georgia, USA

The Georgia Tablets are 20-ton polished granite slabs inscribed in eight of the world’s most famous languages. The inscriptions represent commandments for future generations on how to rebuild civilization after a global cataclysm. The monument was installed in 1979, the customer is listed in the documents as Robert C. Christian.

The slabs are oriented to the cardinal points

The height of the monumental structure is just over six meters, and the plates are oriented in the direction of the four sides of the world and have holes. In one of them you can see the Polar Star at any time of the year, in the second – the Sun at the solstice and the equinox. A few years ago the monument was vandalized and damaged by paint, which has not yet been removed.

There is a text on the monument in Russian

Rishat (Eye of the Sahara). Mauritania

In what is now Mauritania, the largest desert in the world hides an amazing natural phenomenon from the Proterozoic period, whose name is Rishat or the Eye of the Sahara.

Rishat is the all-seeing eye of the Earth

This object has a huge size (up to 50 kilometers in diameter), so it is visible even from space. The structure has several ellipsoidal rings formed by sedimentary rocks and sandstones about 500 million years ago.

“Gates to Hell” – the Darwaz crater in Turkmenistan

In the Karakum desert in Turkmenistan there is a gas crater called Darwaza that looks like a gateway to hell. This fiery pit with a diameter of about 60 meters and a depth of up to 20 meters is the result of excavations carried out here during the Soviet era.

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The crater of Darwaza has swallowed a Soviet drilling rig.

During these geological investigations a team of scientists discovered an underground cavern of natural gas that almost killed a huge number of people. So the management decided to set the gas on fire so that it would not threaten the locals. But the fire, which was supposed to burn for no more than 5 days, is still burning, putting fear into anyone who gets close to it.

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Arkaim, Russia

The Arkaim is an ancient settlement reminiscent of ancient civilizations that was discovered several decades ago in the vicinity of Chelyabinsk. This Russian landmark is believed to be the birthplace of the ancient Aryans, who gave rise to the European, Persian and Indian civilizations.

At the end of the 20th century, they wanted to flood Arkaim.

Arkaim is not only a unique architectural monument with thousands of years of history, but also a place of concentration of healing energy flows, which can cure any disease.

Thanks to the monument's good state of preservation, historians have recreated a model of the settlement.

Stonehenge, England

English Stonehenge is a pilgrimage site for tourists from all over the world. It attracts visitors with its mystery, legends and mystic beginnings. Stonehenge is a megalithic structure up to a hundred meters in diameter, located on Salisbury Plain.

Stonehenge is in Wiltshire, England

The circular stones are surrounded by a shallow ditch and rampart and in the center of this structure is an altar of centuries-old sandstone.

A bird's eye view of Stonehenge

What Stonehenge was used for, scientists have not been able to prove. It has been suggested that it was an ancient conservatory or a place for magical rituals.

Loch Ness, Scotland

Loch Ness Lake in Scotland is one of the deepest lakes of the European continent. It conceals many mysteries. Witnesses claim the lake is home to a prehistoric animal named Nessie, which looks like a plesiosaur (a variety of dinosaurs which died out about 65 million years ago).

Loch Ness - freshwater loch 36 km long

To date, scientists have not been able to obtain evidence of the Loch Ness monster, but photos of it taken by Nessie hunters periodically appear in the press.

Famous photo of the Loch Ness Monster

This may be what Nessie looks like.

Bermuda Triangle, Atlantic Ocean

The mystery of the Bermuda Triangle is the mystery of human lives tragically cut short in unclear circumstances. It is located in the northwestern Atlantic Ocean, between Miami, Bermuda, and Puerto Rico.

Modern history counts about a hundred mystical disappearances of people, planes, and even ships in this anomalous zone. Here periodically equipment malfunctions, aircraft simply disappear from radar screens in clear calm weather, and ships go off course. At the same time it is impossible to find any evidence of the wreckage of the latter: no wreckage or sunken parts of the ships.

In different sources there is information about the disappearance of more than 100 large ships and aircraft

Egyptian pyramids, Giza Valley, Egypt

One of the 7 wonders of the world, the Egyptian pyramids are majestic and mysterious structures with thousands of years of history. Currently, they are one of the main attractions of the world, which millions of tourists want to see. The mystery of the construction of the pyramids, as well as their history, purpose and durability – the subject of debate more than a dozen scientists.

The Egyptian pyramids are one of the seven wonders of the world.

Around the existence of the pyramids there have always been discussions based on both real facts and myths with legends. One thing is certain, the pyramids at Giza are proof of the greatness and power of the empire of the pharaohs, which lasted more than a hundred years and left a significant imprint on the entire history of mankind.

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