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5 Cool Rare Natural Phenomena You Won't Believe Actually Exist

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A lot of what we see in the natural world is taken for granted. Sure, we may marvel at the occasional sunset, or check out some neat clouds every once in a while, but for the most part, the amazingness of the world around us tends to go unnoticed. And that’s a shame, because if you know where to look, you’ll see that nature can do things way more impressive than sunsets or clouds. For example:


Volcanic Lightning

If someone asked you to name the two coolest things you could ever see in nature, your answer would be “volcanoes and lightning.” Or possibly “lightning and volcanoes,” I guess, but those are the only two options—it’s just a fact.

But nature, it seems, is constantly looking for new ways to impress us—which is why it went ahead and made volcanic lightning a reality.And yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like—a lightning storm that takes place in the middle of a volcanic eruption.

Scientists aren’t 100% sure why this happens, but the primary theory goes that when a volcano erupts, it projects positively-charged debris into the atmosphere. These charges then react with negative charges already present, which results in 1) a bolt of lightning, and 2) a really cool picture.

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