The breathtaking Mt Roraima
There are many fascinating things in the world to see and visit that are wild and wonderful to behold. Here are the top five most breathtaking natural phenomena on Earth:
5. Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls, one of the most incredible waterfalls on the planet, is found in southern Africa right on the Zambezi River. It is the widest waterfall in the world at 5,604 feet and is 354 feet tall. This makes it about twice as high as Niagara Falls in North America and more than twice as wide as the Horseshoe Falls.
Two islands (Boaruka Island and Livingstone Island) are at the crest of these falls and they separate the falls into two streams that are parallel to each other. During the rainy season the waterfall’s spray can rise to more than 1,300 feet and be seen 30 miles away.
4. Mount Roraima
Mount Roraima in Brazil is an example of an ancient formation that is also known as Roraima Tepui or Cerro Roraima. It is considered to be a beautiful symbol of the entire area with its 1,300 feet high cliffs. The long hike up Mount Roraima starts in the village of Paraitepui, but you have to start in another town called Santa Elena. To do that you have to fly from the Santa Elena de Uairén airportand then take a bus or shuttle. You can go on a hiking tour to see the sights as it is known for superb hiking trails.
3. Famous Geysers of the World
Geysers are a remarkable example of the Earth’s power. They are pressurized hot springs that intermittently erupt and water skyrockets into the sky. Yellowstone National Park in the U.S. has the Earth’s tallest geyser, called Steamboat. It shoots its spray of water up to 90 meters. Sometimes geysers are dangerous and spray the hot water unpredictably. Another famous geyser is Strokkur in Iceland, which erupts lots often than Old Faithful, another geyser in Yellowstone.
Maelstroms are huge powerful whirlpools that make for very dangerous waters for ships and their crews. These amazing natural occurrences are made up of swirling masses of water with very strong tides. A famous maelstrom is on the west coast of Scotland called the Corryvreckan. Some people tempt fate and try to swim in them, but it is not advised although it was done by the brother-in-law of the writer, George Orwell. Orwell himself nearly drowned in the whirpool.
1. Fire rainbows
Fire rainbows are very rare and are a form of naturally happening atmospheric phenomena. For one of these beautiful fire rainbows to happen, what are called cirrus clouds have to be 20,000 feet in the sky. Plus, there has to be the right quantity of ice crystals, as well as the sun’s rays hitting the clouds at 58 degrees.
If you get the chance to see any of these natural phenomena, don’t hesitate, as it could be your only chance.