We live in a time when nearly anything’s impossible. We can get to the moon and send spaceships to other planets and beyond. Furthermore, we’re able to fly and can communicate with people in real-time and around the world at a moment’s notice just by using a smartphone. But despite all this, nature is still able to astound us with breathtaking natural phenomena without the involvement of technology.
What are Natural Phenomena?
Natural phenomena are something that happens naturally, without the interference of humans. It’s created by nature. Sometimes it can be predicted, like aurora borealis, more commonly known as the northern lights. Other times, it may be harder to pinpoint, like an earthquake.
They are more common than what people would first think and exist all around the world and even in space. They can be on land, like volcanos and sandstorms; in the sky, like thunder and lightning; and occur in water, including tsunamis and green flash. Some phenomena occur in space, like solar flares and sunspots.
Man-Made Natural Phenomena
As we learn more about natural phenomena, it’s natural for them to crossover into other genres. For instance, in movies, natural phenomena occur quite frequently. For instance, the film Twister focuses on storm chasers trying to deposit a tornado research device during storm season.
There are games, like Rainbow Riches slots. This game focuses on the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Often thought to belong to a leprechaun, players get to line up symbols, including special symbols like wishing wells as well as those pots of gold. If they’re lucky, they may even get to travel the road of riches.
Then there are books, such as Salvage the Bones (Ward), which is a fictional story based on the events surrounding Hurricane Katrina. Told from the point of view of Esch and her siblings, they patiently wait for the hurricane to hit. Based on the author’s experience of waiting out the storm, it’s a tale of endurance amidst a devastating natural phenomenon.
There are also myths and legends that tell tales of natural phenomena. They have been around for centuries and passed down through generations. These include Pythia, the high priestess, who served as the Oracle at Delphi, and Noah’s Ark, which is about a boat that was built by Noah to save his family and two of every animal from a terrible flood.
Technology is fast becoming an integral part of our lives. Although our smartphones make life easier, it often means that it is something that’s always by our side. Many of us are woken by them in the morning, use them to keep in touch with people throughout the day, and often they’re the last thing we check at night before we go to bed. It can be a hard habit to break when it’s so effortlessly easy to use and is at the touch of our fingertips. However, nature is all around us, and when natural phenomena occur, like rainbows and lightning, they can be a reminder that there’s life beyond a screen that’s also there for us to enjoy.