List of natural phenomena

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An aurora is a natural phenomenon.

A natural phenomenon is an observable event which is not man-made. Examples include: sunrise, weather, fog, thunder, tornadoes; biological processes, decomposition, germination; physical processes, wave propagation, erosion; tidal flow, and natural disasters such as electromagnetic pulses, volcanic eruptions, and earthquakes.[1][2]

Exposure to forces of nature[vague] resulted in about 214,000 deaths in 2010, up from 31,000 in 1990.[3]

Types[edit]

Types of natural phenomena include, but are not limited to, the following.

Biological[edit]

Decomposition: a decaying peach over a period of six days. Each frame is approximately 12 hours apart, as the fruit shrivels and becomes covered with mold.

Chemical[edit]

Crystal in VCGS furnace

Geological[edit]

Geology: parabola-shaped lava flow illustrates Galileo's law of falling bodies, as well as blackbody radiation. The temperature can be discerned from the color of the blackbody.

Geological processes include erosion, sedimentation, and volcanic activities such as geysers and earthquakes.

Meteorological[edit]

Violent Meteorological phenomena are called storms. Regular, cyclical phenomena include seasons and atmospheric circulation. Climate change is often semi-regular.

Atmospheric optical phenomena[edit]

A double rainbow at Minsi Lake, Pennsylvania
Atmospheric optical phenomenon

Nuclear and Electrical[edit]

Oceanographic[edit]

Gulfstream

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Missy Allen; Michel Peissel (1993). Dangerous natural phenomena. Chelsea House. ISBN 079101794X. 
  2. ^ William R. Corliss (1977). Handbook of unusual natural phenomena. Sourcebook Project. ISBN 0915554011. 
  3. ^ Rafael Lozano et al. (December 15, 2012). "Global and regional mortality from 235 causes of death for 20 age groups in 1990 and 2010: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010". Lancet 380 (9859): 2095–128. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(12)61728-0. PMID 23245604.