Scary Sinkholes

You might have seen movies showing houses flying with balloons. But have you seen houses sinking into the ground. Sinkholes are scary natural depressions that can swallow cars, humans and even houses. It could happen near a running water source or even at high or dry places. Sinkholes can occur due to formation of voids inside the ground. These voids could be formed due to the following reasons:

  • Ground water could dissolve carbonates from the soil.
  • Chemical dissolution of carbonate rocks.
  • Collapse of abandoned mines.

These sinkholes could be of diameter ranging from 1 m to 600 m. The recent sinkhole was witnessed in Florida where portion of a central Florida resort villa and the Summer Bay Resort partially collapsed into a sinkhole on 12th August, 2013. The hole was 60 ft wide and occurred overnight causing severe damage to three buildings which had already been evacuated. Similar cases were witnessed in Hoboken, Washington, Los Angeles, Montreal, Beijing etc. Have a look of these scary sinkholes!

The Enchanted Land

Imagine a land where you sleep at one place and wake up to find yourself at a different place without even noticing that you moved! What’ll you call this place? Enchanted? What if such a place exists on our earth? To your surprise it exists. Though this is not as fast as you might imagine and it takes long time for moving but still is surprising to see the tracks that are made by such movements.

Racetrack Playa at the Death Valley in California, is one such place where you’ll find long tracks of moving stones but you’ll never find a stone really moving. The stones called sailing stones weighing from a few hundreds of grams to a few hundreds of kilograms inscribe visible tracks while sailing on the Playa surface. Nobody has actually seen these stones in motion but these tracks have been formed without any human or animal intervention. Have a look at these.

The tracks are of different lengths, and directions. Some are short while others are as long as 1500 feet. Some are straight while some show great bends and changes in direction. It is quite mysterious to think that nobody has seen these stones in motion but the long tracks show their movements. How do we explain this?

Is it really enchanted or is there a scientific explanation for this? There are many theories. Some say it could be because of the gravity. But this theory was discarded as many stones have shown tracks to have climbed uphill. Some have suggested of presence of an underground lake beneath the Playa, causing all these movements. While some geologists suggest that it is a rare combination of rain and water that is causing these stones to move.

Till now none of the theories have been found to fully explain the phenomenon. So you’re free to give your own hypothesis for the same. Please comment your hypothesis…

Mesmerizing Auroras

Have you witnessed the true beauty of nature. Well its time to have a look and get mesmerized at the beauty of Auroras.

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The aurora borealis (the Northern Lights) and the aurora australis (the Southern Lights) have always fascinated mankind, and people even travel thousands of miles just to see the brilliant light shows in the earth’s atmosphere. The auroras, both surrounding the north magnetic pole and south magnetic pole occur when highly charged electrons from the solar wind interact with elements in the earth’s atmosphere. Solar winds stream away from the sun at speeds of about 1 million miles per hour. When they reach the earth, some 40 hours after leaving the sun, they follow the lines of magnetic force generated by the earth’s core and flow through the magnetosphere, a teardrop-shaped area of highly charged electrical and magnetic fields.

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The Mystery of The Bermuda Triangle Solved??

Today’s post is not about a place worth visiting, unless you are seeking deadly adventure. But you’ll surely like to know what is Bermuda triangle and what is the mystery behind it. Finally, we’ll have the most believed theory about the mystery. But the question is: Does the theory really explains it? What’s your opinion? Do comment.

What is Bermuda Triangle?

The Bermuda Triangle, also known as the Devil’s Triangle, is an undefined region in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean where a number of aircraft and ships are said to have disappeared under mysterious circumstances.

Why is Bermuda Triangle mysterious?

Unusual disappearances in the Bermuda area appeared in a September 16, 1950.  Vincent Gaddis’s article “The Deadly Bermuda Triangle” argued that Flight 19 and other disappearances were part of a pattern of strange events in the region.The triangle does not exist according to the US Navy and the name is not recognized by the US Board on Geographic Names. Popular culture has attributed various disappearances to the paranormal or activity by extraterrestrial beings.

Popular Disappearances:

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List of All the Geothermal features at Yellowstone National Park

I found that many of my viewers were searching for the names of various geysers at Yellowstone National Park.

Here’s the full list (courtesy Wikipedia).

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Yellowstone National Park

This is the most mystifying and magical place on earth this is really enchanted… Wanna have a look!

There are more geysers and hot springs here than anywhere else on Earth.

Most of the park rests atop a slumbering volcano that erupted half a million years ago and is showing signs of renewed activity. (Note: No eruption is expected in the near future.)

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