Some call them scientifically impossible places, we call them scientifically unexplainable places — and they’re totally real.
On this magnificent planet is a lake where the water is electric green and a volcano where the lava is neon-blue. There is a river where never-ending lightning storms rage on above it and even a well where petrified teddy bears hang within. We don’t know why and might never find out, but these scientifically unexplainable places are awesome and can be witnessed by anyone (though some of these might kill you.)
And if Disney’s Up taught us anything, “Adventure is out there!” So let’s take a look at these scientifically unexplainable places.
The Hum of the Taos
In Taos, New Mexico, many residents of the area have been complaining about a constant humming sound heard almost everywhere in town since the 90s.
It’s been over 20 years and researchers can’t figure it out, but suggests that maybe the townspeople are “super-hearers” who just hear better than most other humans. (Wait, what?)
Circles of Namibia
In the Namib Desert there are fields of grass filled with perfect circles ranging from 10 to 65 feet in diameter.
Researchers thought it was termites that were culprits behind the circles, but that was disproved. Now they’re just a mystery.
In the Atlantic Ocean, between Bermuda, Florida and Puerto Rico, is the infamous Bermuda Triangle. This is where many aircrafts and ships have disappeared throughout history.
Today, not nearly as many vessels and flying vehicles disappear, but some still do. People say its either a tropical cyclone-rich area (just above the legendary lost city of Atlantis) or a zone where magnetic forces mess with compasses causing travelers to get lost.
In Romania, there is a cave with an atmosphere unlike any other — sulfuric beyond belief.
The Movile Cave hasn’t seen light in 5.5 million years and has a lake of sulphuric water that smells like rotting eggs, air containing hydrogen sulphide with 100 times the carbon dioxide than the surface. 33 species live there that don’t exist elsewhere. They also feed off the foam that forms on top of the stones.
It was discovered by laborers scouting for power plant locations — and they obviously didn’t put one here.
The Singing Rocks of Pennsylvania
In Pennsylvania, on top of a hill, there is a field with strange rocks that sound like cymbals off a drum kit when struck.
The natives of the area said they came about through natural phenomenon, but the weird sound abilities are unknown.
In Norway, there are floating lights of white, yellow and red at night over the Hessdalen Valley that remain for seconds to over an hour, sometimes.
It’s been around since the 1930s. Researchers believe its ionized iron dust that caused the lights, but it’s unconfirmed.
There is a radioactive lake at the site of a former Soviet Union nuclear weapon factory called Mayak Facility.
They would dump nuclear waste into the water here. An explosion occurred in 1957, spreading the radio activities particles in the lake over 9,000 square miles. And then in 1967, the lake dried up, spreading radioactive dust another 900 square miles.
If you stand near this, you’ll die in an hour — even though it was covered up with concrete (to cover up the disaster).
Near the Hochschwab Mountains is a park that is under water each spring.
In the winter, the park gets so much snow that when it melts, the park’s lake doubles in size, drowning the park. After this, if you swim or scuba, you can see benches and bridges under the water.
The park resurfaces in the summer and looks pretty ordinary in the autumn.
There is a boiling river that is four miles long in the Amazon that gets as hot as 196 degrees Fahrenheit.
Researchers don’t know how it’s so hot because the nearest volcano is 270 square miles away, but they think it might have to do with the water coming out of the cracks from the Earth underneath it.
If you go for a swim, you will get cooked from the inside and won’t be able to reach shore because you’ll be in too much pain. Many animals have already tried and died horribly.
The Double Tree of Casorzo
In Piemonte, Italy, there is a cherry tree that grows directly on top of mulberry tree.
It has to do with parasitism, but never before has this happened — both trees are fully-formed, healthy and are still living long lives.
The locals believe a bird was the culprit behind this one, and the seed it dropped was a real winner.
The Petrifying Well
In Yorkshire, England, water trickles down off a cliff side (which is shaped like a skull) into a hole where any object left in the water gets turned to stone in three to five months.
People have left teddy bears for the ultimate creepiness. The theory is either a witch’s curse or, as researchers believe, an unusually high mineral content in the water with petrifying capabilities.
The Beacon of Maracaibo
There is a lightning storm over the Catatumbo River in Venezuela that never stops. It rages on from 7 p.m. for 10 hours, 260 nights a year.
Researchers think it has to do with uranium or a collision between the Andes Mountains through warm trade winds, evaporating water and methane from a nearby oil field.
In 2010, it stopped mysteriously for a day and then started again six weeks…but why!?
The Blue Pond of Hokkaido
There is a lake with electric blue and green water that shimmers in Hokkaido, Japan and changes with the seasons.
It’s a man-made lake, but it was intended as a reservoir. Researchers think this occurs from the aluminum hydroxide particles in the water that reflect light inexplicably.
There is a volcano that spews blue lava in Indonesia due to the sulfuric gases from the sulfur mine within. The blue-colored flames condense into liquid sulfur which spills down looking like neon-blue lava.
It’s actually not lava and it makes the air real toxic. The workers in the mine suffer through the unbreathable air while they work in the light of a pale blue glow that’s slowly killing them. Yep.
The Devil’s Kettle
In Lake Superior, Minnesota, in Judge C.R. Magney State Park, a water exists that spills into two streams due to the way the rock is shaped — half the water heads into the Brule River, and the other half into a never-seemingly-ending hole.
Beyond 10 feet, the water just disappears into the dark. Researchers drop objects like ping pong balls and dyes into the water, but they haven’t solved anything yet because they don’t reappear.
It was deemed too unsafe for people to explore, but we want to see a drone sent down there now.