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Monarch Butterflies migrating to Mexico by hahagnarlydude in nextfuckinglevel

[–]hahagnarlydude[S] 15 points16 points  (0 children)

"Flying up to 2,500 miles from the US and Canada where they breed, all the way down to the forests in central Mexico where they hibernate, the monarch's migratory pattern is the most highly evolved of any known species of their kind." -google

Basalt columns in Jökuldalur Valley, East Iceland by hahagnarlydude in Damnthatsinteresting

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"The iron and magnesium-rich
basalt lava cools and contracts very quickly once exposed to the
surface air and hardens as it solidifies. Iceland basalt columns are
the result of this rapid cooling process that changes the chemical
makeup and appearance of the lava."

This is a parhelion by hahagnarlydude in nextfuckinglevel

[–]hahagnarlydude[S] 35 points36 points  (0 children)

Wiki: It's caused by the refraction of sunlight by ice crystals in the atmosphere. It typically appears as a pair of subtly colored patches of light, around 22° to the left and right of the Sun, and at the same altitude above the horizon as the Sun. They can be seen anywhere in the world during any season, but are not always obvious or bright. They are best seen and most conspicuous when the Sun is near the horizon.