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100 lightning strikes occur worldwide every second

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Average 100 lightning strikes occur worldwide every second.  Cloud-to-ground lightning bolts are a common phenomenon, yet their power is extraordinary. Each bolt can contain up to one billion volts of electricity. The average number of strikes varies with location, season, and many other variables. A number of studies have been done using lightning detection networks located in some countries and using ... Read More »

Angel Falls Venezuela – The highest waterfall in the world

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Angel Falls in Venezuela is the worlds highest waterfall, The water of Falls drops 3,212 feet (979 meters). The “Salto Angel” (Angel Falls) is three times the size of the Eiffel Tower. The waterfall was not known to the Western world until it was visited in 1935 by the American aviator, James Crawford Angel, on a flight whilst searching for a ... Read More »

Cano Cristales – colorful river in Colombia

the river that ran away to paradise

The river shown in the photographs below is the Cano Cristales, which is located near the town of La Macarena in Colombia, South America. The river, world famous for its colorful display. The bed of river in the end of July through November is variously colored yellow, green, blue, black, and especially red, the last caused by the Macarenia clavigera ... Read More »

1 septillion snow crystals drop in a winter

deer in snow

Each winter there are about 1 septillion (1, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000 or a trillion trillion) snow crystals that drop from the sky. The unique and complex features of snow crystals are very much affected by unstable atmospheric conditions. Snow crystals are sensitive to temperature and will change in shape and design as they fall from ... Read More »

King Clone – 11,700 years old Creosote bush

king clone

King Clone is thought to be the oldest Creosote bush ring in the Mojave Desert. The ring is estimated to be 11,700 years old, making it one of the oldest living organisms on Earth. This single clonal colony plant of Larrea tridentata reaches up to 67 feet (20 m) in diameter, with an average diameter of 45 feet (14 m). ... Read More »

Groundwater – the big source of fresh water

groundwater

The volume of groundwater is estimated to be more than 30 times the combined volume of all fresh-water lakes in the world and more than 3,000 times the combined volume of all the world’s streams. Some water underlies the Earth’s surface almost everywhere, beneath hills, mountains, plains, and deserts. It is not always accessible, or fresh enough for use without ... Read More »

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