4 Wondrous Things On Earth You May Not Have Known About

⚪️  Living Rock


Sometimes referred to as a ‘living rock’ , Pyura chilensis is a tunicate that resembles a mass of organs inside a rock.  It is often found in dense aggregations in the intertidal and sub tidal coast of Chile and Peru.
It is the closest anyone can get to finding blood in a stone!
While technically its not actually a rock or a stone as it is a living creature that just happens to resemble a stone.
It is heavily fished & served as a local delicacy in the cities surrounding the coasts.


⚪️  The Glowing Forest in Japan


This may look like something from avatar but I can assure you this isn’t from an alien planet.
This forest glows in the dark thanks to a bunch of Luminescent Mushrooms.
Mushrooms and fallen leaves emit a magical light for just a short period of time each year.
No one knows why these mushrooms glow however scientists believe its a way of attracting flies & insects which help fertilise the forest.


⚪️  Flying Fish
Yes its true…there’s a type of fish that can fly!
Flying fish can make powerful, self-propelled leaps out of water into the air, where their long, wing-like fins enable gliding flight for considerable distances above the water’s surface.
This uncommon ability is a natural defense mechanism to evade predators such as dolphins, tuna & squids.


⚪️  The Insides of a Meteorite


On the outside meteorites look like volcanic rocks.
Pretty dull to say the least.
But astronomy photographer Jeff Barton cracked them open to reveal the glittering geodes inside.
To capture the stunning shots of meteorites, Barton cut the rocks open with a diamond-coated blade.
He then grinded down a stamp-sized piece so thin light can pass through it. Photos are subsequently taken with polarising filters and a DSLR attached to a petrographic microscope.
The outcome are these amazing images that show the true beauty of meteorites.


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