In today’s modern world, almost everything has a scientific explanation. But did you know that there are still some bizarre places on Earth that even science can’t expound?
Number 1: The Boiling River of Amazon
This scorching hot river is hidden in the dense jungle of the Peruvian Amazon. Initially, the steaming turquoise water is thought to be a myth. But when geoscientist Andrés Ruzo made his expedition, the mystical waters was proven to be true.
According to Ruzo, the boiling can reach up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. It is so hot that all animals that go in it didn’t make it out alive. What baffled Ruzo is the fact that the river doesn’t have any heat source nearby. The closest active volcano to it is more than 400 miles away. Plus, there are no known magmatic systems in the Amazon Jungle. Apparently, Ruzo and his team continue to conduct further research to unravel the unexplainable phenomena.
Number 2: Catatumbo Lightning, Venezuela
Next on the list is the never-ending lightning storm in Venezuela. It is known variously as the Beacon of Maracaibo, Catatumbo Lightning, or Everlasting Storm. The phenomena literally illuminate the sky with thousands of lightning flashes for nine hours.
Initially, experts believed that the uranium deposits in the bedrock attracted the lightning strikes. Others suggested that the air above the area has abundant methane from oil fields below. Interestingly, neither theory has been proven to this date.
Number 3: Circles of Namibia
Also known as the “fairy circles,” these polka-dots-like patches are sprawled in the grasslands of southern Africa’s Namib Desert. For years, it baffled experts and scientists as to what or who exactly created such otherworldly circles.
Local legend says the patches of vegetation were made by gods who left behind their footprints o Earth. However, recent studies suggest that circles have more to do with math and biology.
Apparently, termite colonies possibly caused the phenomenon. Ecologists at Princeton University created computer models where they ran simulations mimicking termites building colonies underground.
It turns out, competition between termite colonies can lead to a regular honeycomb pattern, with six neighboring colonies surrounding it. The same pattern can be seen in termite colonies in Arizona, Brazil, Kenya, Mozambique, and Australia.
Number 4: Sleeping City in Kazakhstan
In 2013, two tiny villages in Kazakhstan were hit by strange sleeping sickness. The mysterious illness affected more than 140 people in Kalachi and Krasnogorsk.
Apparently, villagers would suddenly fall asleep even while in the middle of doing something. They wake up with no memory of the incident at all. Others were even asleep for six days straight. The sickness not only affects old and young people but also animals.
Doctors who have tested the victims were baffled as to what exactly caused the unexplainable incidents. Even sleep disorder experts couldn’t find a cause for the mysterious slumber. Others even went as far as suspecting a counterfeit vodka as the cause of it all.
However, further research revealed that the uranium mines that were closed after the fall of the Soviet Union caused the phenomenon. It was concluded that the heightened levels of carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons in the air affected many residents of the two villages.
Number 5: Hessdalen Lights
In central Norway, strange balls of light hovering the Hessdalen Valley have been baffling scientist for years. The unusual flashing orbs appear both day and night and are usually bright white, yellow, or red. The lights can be as large as cars and last for a few seconds up to over an hour.
The origin of such lights remained a mystery until scientists discovered a naturally “battery” buried deep underground. Apparently, it was created by metallic minerals reacting with a sulfurous river running through it. If such theory is true, it could potentially create an innovative way of storing energy.