1 – Jewel corn
This is not a Photoshop masterpiece or a set of shiny pearls carefully attached to an empty cob. However hard you might find the concept, this is a real type of corn, obtain by hybridization of several corn varieties. It is called Glass Gem corn, and the name makes justice to the appearance.
The story behind this special corn is fascinating and reached light only due to the efforts of one man, an Oklahoma farmer named Carl Barnes. Corn colored differently than the one we are used to have existed on American soil for quite some time. Rendering lower rates of productivity, it was gradually replaced.
A lot of effort was put in finding seeds of each type. Once that was achieved, it was just a matter of putting to work the well-known secrets of agriculture. It is cool to know that seeds to grow your own rainbow colored corn also exist for sale, and the plant has no special requirements.
2 – Incredibly Cool Grid Waves
Without the proper knowledge, you will most likely swear that this either the remains of Atlantis, or a trick achieved in Photoshop. In fact it is a natural phenomenon called cross sea, and it has a lot of chances to top your list of seen cool things.
We won’t go in too much technicalities, but this can be defined as two wave systems traveling at oblique angles. Sounds hard? Try imagining that you through a stone into a lake, and immediately after, another stone, somewhere nearby. The waves generated will eventually intersect under a certain angle.
The physics is similar, but a higher level, with winds playing the role of stones. The pattern is very dangerous for navigation as it creates unique combinations of actions on any sheep venturing in such waters. The photo was taken of French western coasts, near Ile de Re. The waters belong to the Atlantic Ocean.
3 – Namib Desert
While this could look like a landscape from another planet, it is a picture from the dry riverbed of Sossusvlei River. Geologists still don’t know why the dunes are created in this way, despite researching the area for decades.
In fact, they have a few theories which are only missing some links to be fully approved in the scientific community. The shot was taken on 7th January 2012 by Korea’s Kompsat-2 satellite and reveal the striking orientation of the dunes, perpendicular to the river bed. Also visible in the shot is a road and a very popular tourist stop destination – dune 45.
The white areas in the image are salt deposits cumulated over the course of million years. It’s cool to know that the Namib Desert is the oldest desert in the world and a place of many other wonders for the eyes and mind.