In the past, most people resorted to employment of different gods and goddesses to offer explanations concerning the more shocking puzzles of the world. However today, science and technology has evolved to offer answers to many questions which man in his curious and inquisitive nature continues to raise. But there are several unanswered questions science despite its advancement can’t still explain. So if you’ve ever thought that science and technology has solved all the mysteries of nature, then you need to start changing that notion. There are still too many mysteries around the world the universe in general is yet to figure out. So many things have not only been puzzling tourists, but also geologists for generations.
Mysteries or magic which only mother nature can explain. The big question is; could it be that mother nature unleashed its supernatural powers to get us cracking our brains forever or could they be as a result of tiny deviations during creation that caused such mysterious, astounding and magical occurrences? Whatever it was that led to these 7 mysteries listed below, only mother nature knows.
Devil’s Kettle Falls
Devil’s Kettle Falls is a strange waterfall located on the Brule River. Brule River which has normal river characteristics winding through Minnesota takes an entirely strange turn while traveling through Judge C. R. Magney State Park. The river which is over the course of 8 miles drops 800 feet in elevation forming different waterfalls along the way. At one point, the river splits into two to flow around a big rhyolite rock. One side does the real waterfall thing by continuing downstream, but the other side falls into a hole known as the Devil’s Kettle and disappears underground— apparently forever.
It is considered the water finds its way back to the main channel of the river or has a separate outlet into Lake Superior, however as of yet the outlet is still unknown, and there is no competent geological explanation for the Devil’s Kettle. Researchers have tried everything and anything possible by unhanding brightly colored dyes, ping-pong balls, and other related objects into the Devil’s Kettle to find out if those objects will be seen at the points the water is supposed to rejoin but all to no avail. Devil’s Kettle Falls has not just been puzzling geologist but has also been baffling its visitors for generations with its mysterious and inexplicable nature.
Normally, lightning comes in zigzag bolts striking from the sky, but ball lightning, a strange and less popular sort of atmospheric electrical phenomenon defiles this usual form of lightning. The rare lightning surfaces during thunderstorms and normally hovers close the ground, drifting over the Earth at a few miles per hour, but it has also been seen on ships and even within airplanes. The strange lightning is said to have the shape of a moving circle of light (with no exact color of light) some centimetres across lasting for periods of up to a minute or some seconds longer than normal split-second flash of a lightning bolt. Though it lasts more than normal lightning which we are quite familiar with, it is almost impossible to capture a second-long flash of the light to study in a lab.
Its infrequency and random nature contributed in making researchers know so little about it. So many explanations and scientific hypotheses have been dished out over the years but since assumption of its existence is based entirely on alleged accidental eyewitness reports and result has yielded a kind of inconsistent findings and lack of reliable data making the actual nature of ball lightning still unclear. In fact the first ever footage of what seems to have been a ball lightning event was published in January 2014 and included a video at high frame rate
Singing or Whistling Sand Dunes
Whistling sand or barking sand is sand that produces sound. Several sand dunes across the world located in a minimum of 35 deserts from California and Africa to China and Qatar are certainly producing some severe unique noise. Different dunes produce different sounds and some sing even more than one note including producing a deep hum of bees or rumbling Gregorian chant. The strange music from sand dunes has puzzled scientist over the years and remains a much debated mystery. The sound emission is said to probably be caused by wind passing over dunes or by walking on the sand.
A good number of studies refer to the same discovery which explains that as sand grains shuffle down the slopes of certain sand dunes, they produce a deep, groaning hum that reverberates for miles. Another study explained why the music is diverse saying that several notes produced by the sands depended on the size of the grains and the speed at which they whistle through the air. Despite certain explained conditions have to come together to create singing sand, scientists are however yet to find out how the flowing grains of sand manage to sound like music in the first place.
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Yet another unexplained mystery in the world is the presence of strange balls of light floating above a valley in central Norway. This phenomena known as Hessedalen lights named for the valley where they happen has baffled scientists for years. The rare balls of glowing luminosity in this area was said to be reported for the first time in 1940s or according to some reports, as early as the 19th century. The strange lights appear in a variety of colors and formations; sometimes they flash, sometimes they just stand still in mid-air for up to one hour, sometimes they move about with great speed, while sometimes they may dart with nearly zero speed.
The lights are from an unknown origin and appear 10 to 20 times every week at the time known to be their most active time. Nobody has been able to cough out a statisfactory explanations concerning where they come from, what they are or why they choose to stand above the valley of all places. Though a research effort, Project Hessdalen, was landed in 1983 by Østfold University College and through their effort and hard work they were able to identify none less than six different types of energy states, but the source of energy remains uncertain. Anyway whatever they are, they’ve acquired Hessdalen the unofficial title of “center of UFO mania.”
Unlike ball lightning, Catatumbo lightning is known for its exceptional prevalence. The atmospheric phenomenon occurs in Venezuela and Colombia only over the mouth of the Catatumbo River where it empties into Lake Maracaibo almost every evening. The eternal storm can spark about 40,000 colorful lightning strikes in one night, averaging 28 lightning strikes per minute for up to 10 hours at a time. But in some better days, lightning strikes every second and can spark as many as 3,600 bolts every hour which is one per second. Surprisingly, the lightning never produces thunder and can quit sometimes for weeks at a time. Lots of questions have been raised concerning this mystery but the only answer for now is that it’s caused by a perfect storm, so to speak, of topography and wind.
The Wow! Signal
Jerry R. Ehman, an Ohio State professor on August 15, 1977 was scanning through radio waves while he was working on Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) project at the Big Ear radio telescope of The Ohio State University located at that time in Ohio Wesleyan University’s Perkins Observatory in Delaware, Ohio when it launched the first serious scientific search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI). He then detected a mysterious radio signal which lasted for 72 seconds at some point of his skies scanning for the slightest traces of extraterrestrial transmissions. The strange signal seems to have emerged from within the Sagittarius constellation, which resides by the star Tau Sagittarii, only 120 light-years away. He circled the words and then wrote wow on the corner of the original signal’s printout.
According to National Geographic, the signal that was received was at certainly the right frequency that wouldn’t be called noise, and wouldn’t be obstructed along its journey. Thus, if we were planning to send a signal out into the universe to try to allow us create a communication with an alien race, the strong narrowband radio signal is y the strongest frequency that could give the chance for such radio transmission.” However, since then, irrespective of the big effort and hard work, the signal is yet to be heard again.
These strange-looking trees are found in West Pomerania, Poland near the town known as Gryfino. The strange and eerie woodland consists of about 400 pines that grow with up to 90 degree bend right at their base. Too many hypothesis and explanations have been put forward but none seems satisfactory. Nobody can really tell why there are bends in the base of the tress. what’s more mysterious is the fact that they are part of a bigger forest of normal unbending pines. It is believed that the uncanny trees were likely planted in the 1930s and whatever made bent them occurred when they were only seven to 10 years old. Theories are plenty, but only the trees can say what really went wrong and why they growing in J-like shape.