Nature is usually a beautiful thing. Green grass, fresh air, beautiful rivers and fascinating animals roaming the wild. But what happens when nature shows us it's creepy side? We don't think everything on this list will kill you, but would you really want to stick around to find out? Here are 8 of nature's scariest natural phenoma.
1. Blood Falls, Antartica
At first sight, this looks like a sub-zero crime scene. Antartica's Blood Falls were first discovered in 1911 by puzzled scientists who noticed the water flowing from a cliff and the nearby river were a vivid red. From then on, the mystery terrified visitors and befuddled scientists who could not figure out the source of its blood-like color.
Just last year, researchers announced that they may have located the source of this mystery. According to them, the coloring is due to oxidized iron in saltwater, which is basically rust. Regardless of the reason, I doubt anyone will be in a hurry to dive in any time soon.
2. Madidi National Park, Bolivia
Madidi National Park looks like a beautiful place. Located in Bolivia, it is a 19,000 km² park which is home to the most diverse rainforest on Earth.
Pity nearly all the plants can kill you. Aside from the park's diversity, it's also famous for the sheer concentration of poisonous plants per square kilometer.
Tourists visiting this park are asked to be as careful as possible as even a small cut on a leaf could cause rashes, itching, dizziness or even worse. If the plants don't get you, there's no doubt the millions of tropical parasites who call this place their home will.
3. Snake Island, Brazil
Once upon a time, many years ago, a group of snakes made their home on a patch of land close to Sao Paolo. After a while, rising sea levels cut the land off from the mainland, effectively trapping the snakes.
They quickly multiplied and took over the island and soon everyone knew it as theirs. Snake Island is a real place, with the highest concentration of golden lance-heads, one of the most poisonous snakes in the world.
After the island was cut off, the snakes were forced to evolve, meaning they're far more dangerous than the already dangerous lance-heads on the mainland. Here, they have developed the ability to strike from trees and their venom is five times more poisonous than those ordinary lance-heads.
After the island's lighthouse keeper disappeared in the 1920's, along with members of his rescue party, the Brazilian government forbade civilians from ever setting foot there again.