Act Natural

When the word nature comes up, the first thing that comes to mind would be the transitions of the leaves changing colors or maybe even a waterfall. What should be taken into consideration, though, are the many amazing phenomenons nature has to offer; yet, we choose to overlook and take advantage of them.

Amazing phenomenons such as the Aurora Borealis, Stargazing at the Atacama Desert in Chile, the Bioluminescent Bay in Fajardo and many more are just examples of what nature has to offer. These phenomenons can be scientifically explained, but sometimes it is best to just live in the moment and to avoid questioning beauty. I would love to write about every single fantastic phenomenon this earth holds, but there just is not enough time for that. Instead, I will just write about a few eye-catching ones.

Aurora Borealis achieved its name as ‘aurora’ means ‘sunrise’ in Latin. 'Aurora' was also the name of the Roman Goddess Of Dawn. Auroras take many different visual forms; the most distinctive forms are the curtain-like aurorally arcs. These aurorally arcs eventually split into separate features, which fill up the whole sky. These are the ‘discrete’ auroras, which are at times bright enough to read a newspaper at night. Now, the cause of the Aurora Borealis is quite complicated, so bear with me here. Auroras are caused by charged particles entering the atmosphere from above, causing ionization and consequent optical outpours. Incident protons also produce the said outpours, and convert into hydrogen atoms by gaining an electron from the atmosphere. You may now wipe the confused looks off your face and remove your scientific caps.

For a refreshing experience, going to the Atacama Desert in Chile to stargaze would be ideal. The landscape is one of the driest on earth, since it receives no more than a millimeter of rain annually. Northern Chile’s Stark Atacama Desert has optimal conditions for stargazing: high altitude, close to no signs of clouds, and virtually no radio interference or light pollution. The near-perfect visibility here gives stargazers crystal-clear views of the legends of the Southern Hemisphere sky; including the Tarantula Nebula and the Fornax Cluster of galaxies. If you would want to experience the said stargazing, the best option would be to camp under a canopy of stars. You can also visit renowned astronomical observation sites like the Paranal Observatory, which is home to the biggest telescope in the world. 

The Bioluminescent Bay in Fajardo, is somewhere you would want to visit for an exciting, yet relaxing, holiday. The coastline of Puerto Rico is a unique place showing the relationship between the ecosystem and the different organisms that depend on it to survive. Different beaches possess different characteristics in terms of color, sand texture and wave action. For these reasons, people tend to visit diverse areas for different purposes that include relaxing, surfing, snorkeling, hiking and fishing. 

One of the most spectacular sights on this night trip in the bay of Fajardo would definitely be witnessing hundreds of star-like bioluminescent plankton. They sparkle as bright as a sky full of stars. You will find yourself engrossed in their beauty and, if you were to wave your paddle through the water, find yourself mesmerized by the tiny glowing specks of beauty in front of you. The plankton, or Dinoflagellates as they are called, are tiny unicellular marine plankton. They are also known as fire plants for the undeniable brightness they emit. These Dinoflagellates have captured the attention of thousands and have made the bay of Fajardo a refreshing tourist attraction.

Well, those are only three of the countless, unimaginable phenomenons that the earth obtains. Earth is a mystery that will always boggle minds, earth is also filled with magnificent wonders and exciting mysteries just waiting to be solved. Really makes you wonder what else Mother Nature has up her sleeve, doesn’t it?


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