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]

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

Physical[edit]

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.