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Strange natural phenomena resembling magic

In nature, there are often incredible phenomena that at first glance are perceived as magic. The publication Popular Mechanics described some of these phenomena – in particular, the circles of fairies in Namibia, the lifeless Lake Natron in Tanzania , and the mummification of starlings (see video below).

In the desert of Namibia you can meet strange circles, the diameter of which reaches fifteen meters – scientists have studied these formations far and wide, but have not yet come to a consensus on their nature. Some say that this is the result of termite activity, while others argue that the whole thing is in the plants that create circles, competing for access to water. Locals, meanwhile, believe that a dragon creates a circle that lives underground.

In Tanzania there is Lake Natron, whose lifeless waters frighten and fascinate at the same time. There is a huge concentration of salt and alkali in the lake, therefore halophilic cyanobacteria live in it. And, suddenly, small flamingos that come here to hatch eggs (this is facilitated by warm water and an unpleasant odor that scares away predators).

Murmuring starlings is an amazing phenomenon, which you must see at least once in your life. If you look at a flock of birds, which behaves as a single living organism, then you can very easily believe in magic.

On the dried-up Lake in the Death Valley in the USA, there are creeping stones moving on their own at a speed of 2-5 meters per minute. After extensive research, scientists have discovered that stones move along thin and long sections of ice.

Residents of the city of Taos in the United States for many years hear a noise coming from the desert. However, on that side there is no highway on which heavy machinery could move. This noise was called “Taos rumble”, and only locals hear it. Scientists could not establish the source of the rumble, but suggested that it could be power lines passing near the city.

Near the city of Hessdalena in Norway, white lights appear , the origin of which is not known until this time.

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Coronavirus was mentioned in a popular 2017 comic

The character in the popular comic was named after the coronavirus three years before the deadly outbreak in Wuhan. In the comic strip Asterix and the Chariot Race, published in 2017, the masked villain who took part in the event was mysteriously named after the virus.

The original comic was released in Italy two years before the first cases of the disease appeared in Wuhan (China) in December 2019. In it, Asterix and his assistant Obelix participate in a chariot race organized by Julius Caesar. The couple have to compete with the villain Coronavirus and his henchman Bacillus.

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A meteorite that fell in Germany turned out to be a “mini-planet”

Scientists at the University of Münster in Germany identified a celestial body that fell near Flensburg in September 2019. It turned out that this is not just a meteorite, but the “germ” of the planet – planetesimal, the University of Muenster reports.

The space “guest” was discovered by a local resident in his garden. The weight of the fragment covered with a black melted crust was only 24.7 grams.

The find was studied by representatives of one and a half dozen universities and research centers. Analyzes showed that the rock contains minerals, including silicates and carbonates.

It is known that such substances arose at the very beginning of the history of the solar system on small protoplanets, where water was also present. Many scientists believe that it was the planetesimals that once brought moisture to our Earth.

The authors of the study said that this is the first case of the fall of such a cosmic body in Germany. Its age can be 4.56 billion years or more – that is, it is the same age as the Earth. In the past, it really contained liquid water – this confirms the theory of moisture saturated planetesimals.

Scientists intend to continue to study the object. In their opinion, it may reveal unknown details of the history of the formation of planets in the solar system.

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A pair of huge herring kings were filmed in a Japanese port

In Fukui, one of the ports of the Japanese prefecture, two five-meter herring kings were filmed. 

This fish usually lives at depths of 500-1000 meters. in addition they have never been seen in pairs. What caused the deep sea inhabitants to surface, is unknown.

The herring king is also known by the name of a oar fish or ribbon fish. Its length can reach 11 meters.

Fish is often found in shoals of herring in the moderately warm waters of the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic oceans. In August 2019, the grouse was first caught in Russia – in Pallas Bay in Primorye.

This fish is considered a harbinger of tsunamis and earthquakes.

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