Sometimes reality is stranger than fiction. Earth is filled with amazing natural wonders—multicolored water, wall-climbing goats, tiny weasels taking down woodpeckers!
Check out these 10 incredible facts about the really weird things on our planet.
- The bright red water of Lake Natron reaches scalding temperatures of more than 104° F.
- One of the largest carnivorous plants in the world is Attenborough’s pitcher plant (Nepenthes attenboroughii), growing up to 16 feet tall. The leafy jaws can trap and digest mice and rats.
- Monarch butterflies lay their eggs only on milkweed plants.
- The frilled shark has the longest gestation period of any species. The embryo grows inside the mother for three and a half years before finally being born!
- Lightning is about 54,000° F, which is hotter than the surface of the sun.
- Vatnajökull is the largest glacier in Europe, and its ice about 1,000 years old.
- Mexico’s cenotes (“sacred wells”) are secret pools filled with clear water. The deepest one is El Zacatón—deeper (1,112 feet) than the Eiffel Tower is high (1,063 feet).
- The northern lights (aurora borealis) light up the sky with streaks of color when the earth’s magnetic field is disturbed by the sun’s solar wind.
- Free divers hold their breath for minutes at a time as they plunge to depths more than 328 feet. At 328 feet, water pressure compresses human lungs to the size of fists.
- Tamri goats can climb 30 feet up in the treetops to eat their favorite snack: argan berries.
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