Seiryu Miharashi station in Japan is a train station with no entrances or exits, no roads or paths to connect it, all it serves is a platform for the train passengers to step out and admire the valley.
Functioning ‘mechanical gears’ were seen in nature for the first time. Previously believed to be only man-made, a natural example of a functioning gear mechanism has been discovered in a common insect – showing that evolution developed interlocking cogs long before we did.
‘Herds’ of moss balls living on glaciers in Iceland and Alaska travel as a group in a coordinated way. They move about 2.5cm day but are not rolling down slopes, following the sun or being pushed by the wind.
Banyan tree roots in Hong Kong.
The figure in “The Scream” isn’t actually screaming; he’s listening to a scream passing through nature.
Some trees exhibit a phenomenon called “crown shyness” which prevents their branches and leaves from touching one another, forming a canopy with channel like gaps.
The storm that caused the Dust Bowl of the 1930s carried twice as much dirt as was dug out of the earth to create the Panama Canal. The canal took seven years to dig; the storm lasted a single afternoon.
Scientists created a completely enclosed, artificial environment called Biosphere 2 and made one mistake that caused all the trees to fall down before maturation: there was no wind so trees failed to develop stress wood, which is necessary for them to stand.
Tropical rainforests in the Amazon have their soil nutrients periodically replenished by the Sahara Desert. Wind blows dust particles all the way from the desert, across the ocean, to the tropics where the sand and its associated nutrients help the fertility of the rainforest.
There’s a lake in Indonesia that has the same pH value as car battery acid.