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10 Places In The World That Glow At Night

There are places in the world that are far better looking then the charming landscapes of Pandora (from the film Avatar). Bioluminescence, phytoplankton, skylights, auroras and volcanoes – our planet is full of amazing light effects. Some places might look ordinary during the day, but as soon as night falls, the magic begins. Take a trip full of light to the 10 places in the world that glow at night.

Vaadhoo, Maldives

Vaadhoo Island is known for the ‘sea of stars’ made by bioluminescence phytoplankton known as dinoflagellates.

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Catatumbo, Venezuela

Can lightning hit the same spot? Certainly it is possible in Venezuela. For centuries, lightnings light up the sky over the marshlands at the Lake Maracaibo mouth of the river. The lightning storms occur for about 10 hours a night, 140 to 160 nights a year, for a total of about 1.2 million lightning discharges per year.

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Kīlauea, Hawaii, USA

Kilauea volcano flows lava at a temperature of 1093 degrees Celsius since 1983. According to ancient legend, Pele, the volcano goddess, crossed the entire chain of Hawaiian Islands before settling in the crater of Kilauea Halemaumau. To this day, the landscape is shaped by daily eruptions.

Check out Close Footage Of Lava Entering The Ocean.

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Asian Subtropical Forest

Mycena Luxaeterna, M. Luxarboricula or M. Chlorophos belong to 71 species of fluorescent fungi spreaded throughout the world. Their incredible brightness can help to carry their spores through insects attracted to light. You’ll find them in Taiwan, Australia, Japan, Java or Indonesia.

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Toyama Bay, Japan

Watasenia scintillans or firefly squids, really have something special, although their size is about 3 centimeters. At the end of each tentacle, they have photophore organ that emits dark blue color light. These squids normally live at depths of approx. 300 meters, but the waves of the Gulf of Toyama eject them to the surface.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, USA

Thousands of fireflies light up the sky during the breeding season at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee.

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Hidden Lake Territorial Park, Canada

This area is famous for beautiful Aurora Borealis.

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Hidden Lake Territorial Park, Canada 2

Blue Grotto, Capri, Italy

The cave is famous for illuminating blue water. Sunlight, passing through an underwater cavity and shining through the seawater, creates a blue reflection that illuminates the cavern. The cave extends some 50 metres into the cliff at the surface, and is about 150 metres deep, with a sandy bottom.

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Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

It is one of the most beautiful caves in the world. The interior of the New Zealand cave is dotted with a glowworm known as Arachnocampa luminosa.

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Forest Park, New York

This bright fungus is apparently very common in the forests of New England. Panellus stipticus is one of 70 bioluminescent species that grow and light for several days. The light is caused by the oxidation of the pigment called luciferin.

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That was absolutely not Forest Park, New York.

I took both of those pictures. Mt. Vernon, Wisconsin. Check the original Wikipedia article, please.

Thank you!


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