Incredible nature

The Morning Glory of Australia

Australia is the land where a strange phenomena takes place: The Morning Glory. It is the result of a collision between a humid front coming from the East (The Coral Sea) and a warm one coming from the Gulf of Carpentaria in the West. At night the air over Cape York cools and slides beneath a layer of warm air. It is a spectacle! The low – level atmospheric waves “are usually about 1-2 km in high and can span up to 1,000 km in length”, said Bureau of Meteorology Forecaster Andrew Bufalino. They can also appears as one solitary cloud  or as up to 10 consecutive roll clouds.

Morning Glory Cloud formations take the shape of a pipeline and move across the sky at speed of up to 40 kilometers per hour, most commonly from the North to the East. They are also  with pilots who surf the clouds. “There are fewer people who  have flown on the Morning Glory than have climbed Mount Everest”, said Garrett Russell of the Caboolture Gliding Club. This incredible weather event occurs at dawn over the Southern part of the Gulf of Carpentaria in Northern Australia and can be seen from a remote settlement called Burketown, in Queensland between September and November.

Local Aboriginal people noticed the regularity of the formation and believed that the arrival of Morning Glory was a positive prediction of a flourishing bird population.

The Acidic pool of the Danakil Depression

The Danakil Depression in Ethiopia is one of the lowest, the hottest and the driest place in the world. It is near the border with Eritrea in the Afar region, north-east of Ethiopia. The Danakil Depression i s believed to be an accurate depiction of what “hell on Earth wood look like. In the Danakil Depression there are acidic pool.

They may look like simple pools of water but they are actually acidic pools. The Danakil Depression is caused by the movement of tectonic plates of the Afar Triple Junction (where three tectonic plates meet). The depression is forever sinking, as a result, has mini-volcanoes that actually have bubbling lava lakes, several multicolored hydrothermal fields and vast salt pans that will dazzle your eyes.

This beauty can be observed from afar because even what looks like land within the acidic pools are crusts of sulfur and salt.

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