Some of Its Clouds Are Alive
Sometimes, at dusk, dark shape-shifting clouds appear near the ground. As they swirl and morph, these clouds can seem positively alive—and it’s because they are.
One River Is Boiling
Once thought to be the simple stuff of legend, a boiling river hidden deep in the Peruvian Amazon actually exists.
The Planet’s Poles Flip
The magnetic poles have flip-flopped every several hundred thousand years or so, which means that if you had a compass in hand about 800,000 years ago, it would tell you that north was in Antarctica.
The Biggest Mammal Migration Is Airborne
Millions and millions of bats—giant fruit bats, to be exact—fly between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia’s Kasanka National Park each year. With more than 10 million of these cat-size, mango-munching, echolocating chiropterans involved, it’s the largest known mammal migration on Earth.
It Hosts a Humongous Fungus
The largest living thing on Earth is a humongous fungus. The largest organism is a honey fungus that can cover thousands of acres. It infects conifer trees and has an advantage under climate change.
Some Parts Are Downright Alien-Looking
Multicolored hydrothermal vents are home to ecosystems that astrobiologists are now using as analog in the search for life beyond Earth.
The World’s LARGEST Waterfall That’s Actually UNDERWATER