Category: Anomalies

Giant dust devils with crystal blades

This is very cool news, although you would be wise to steer very clear of one of these awesome spectacles – flying blades of gypsum in tornadic hot winds. Geologist Kathleen Benison was working in the Atacama desert in Chile…

Darvaza: Gate to Hell

There are many places around the world that locals have branded the “gate to hell”. One of the most dramatic examples is featured in our banner image for the site. It is the Darvaza (Derweze) crater in the Karakum desert…

Fairy Stones (natural crosses)

Almost all minerals, gemstones and rock types are associated with some superstitious or supernatural motifs. A common twinning habit of the mineral staurolite guarantees it will be perceived as magical. It is prevalently found twinned at a 90- or 60-degree angle…