The human involvement with the environment and climate is direct most of the times. Everyone is aware of pollution, its causes and effects but very less of us know that we are also affecting climate and global natural phenomenons. We are contributing to global warming which has resulted in climate change. The global temperature is increasing because of pollution, polar ice is melting raising the sea levels and weather pattern is changing that result in extreme events and weird phenomenons.
So, here in this list I’ll share 8 Weird Phenomenons that are induced by Humans directly or indirectly. I hope this post is thoughtful and awaring.
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8 Weird Phenomenons induced by Humans
Weird Hybrid Species
Weird Examples: Grolar and Prizzly – A hybrid of Grizzly Bear and Polar Bear; Wholpin – Killer Whale and Bottlenose Dolphin; Zebroid – Zebra and any equine
Explanation : In the recent years, the cases of emergence of new species from hybridization have increased. Though there were many cases since the historical times yet the intensity has increased in the recent decades. This bizarre weird phenomenon can be speculated because of climate change, destruction of wild habitats, developmental activities and emergence or introduction of predators or invasive species. All these factors forces an animal to move beyond its habitat into other suitable climatic regions resulting in in-breeding and crossbreeding, hence producing a new, weird looking creature.
2. Methane bubbles
Weird Examples : Methane bubbles creating great holes in Siberia; bubbles in Arctic lakes
Explanation : This weird phenomenon is mostly observed in Arctic regions where permafrost is peculiar. The ground below permafrost has considerably higher temperature as compared to the surrounding atmospheric air creating living conditions for anaerobic bacterias. Because of anaerobic respiration, methane is emitted in large quantities which then gets trapped in water bubbles of the permafrost, emitting out in large quantities when permafrost layer melts down. Environmentalists speculate that even a single degree increase in temperature could increase the methane production by 20%. Even under many instances, the methane bubbles explodes out creating weird giant holes in the ground.
3. Zig-zag formations on Ice Caps
Weird Examples : Weird alienated zig-zag lines over frozen Lake Thingvallavatn, Iceland
Explanation : The weird phenomenon of formation of perfectly geometrical zig-zag lines is called Finger Rafting. It can now be observed in the Arctic and Antarctic regions. The perfectly geometrical patterns are formed because of melting up of ice sheets by climate change. The thin ice sheets over frozen lakes moves over each other tearing up in weird geometrical patterns hence creating weird lines.
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4. Disease Outbreak
Weird Examples : Malaria, Dengue, Cholera, Rotavirus, Zika virus and many others spread across the globe
Explanation : Because of global warming, the climatic patterns have changed. The intensity of heat has increased over time which has even converted temperate regions into sub-tropical. With the increase in temperature pest population increases, as they thrive in warmer conditions, hence spreading out diseases that are known or unknown to mankind. According to WHO, with increasing temperatures there are evidence of more severe disease outbreaks. Even the duration of widespread of a disease is expanding through time as the suitable season for the pest remains for a longer period. Adverse climatic conditions and weird phenomenons like flash floods, earthquakes spreads more severe diseases like Rotavirus, Cholera, Zika virus in the affected places.
5. Cyclones and Tornadoes
Weird Examples : Atlantic Hurricane – Florence in 2018, Manghut in Eastern Pacific
Explanation : With the increasing global warming and disturbances in climatic patterns, the intensities of cyclones and typhoons have increased over time. According to scientists and environmentalists, although the number of such cyclones have decreased but the severity of each of them is enormous. This is attributed to more evaporation of the oceanic waters because of increased temperatures and curling up of different wind streams ending up in creating monstrous cyclones. Everytime when a cyclone or a hurricane hits an inhabited area, only devastation is left behind.
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6. Heat Waves
Weird Examples : ‘Lucifer’ Heat wave across Mediterranean region in 2017, Heat wave of New South Wales, Australia in 2016-17
Explanation : The increasing temperatures have created havoc across the globe. Every year maximum temperature strikes over a new benchmark. Normally, wind streams such as Western Disturbance and Jet Streams mixes cold air from polar regions with the warm equatorial one. But as the polar ice is receding, so the cold front has weakened resulting in more hot winds. The weird phenomenon of heat waves have taken lives of many across the globe and threatened many others.
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7. Dust Storms
Weird Examples : Weird phenomenon of Dust Storms in North India in May 2018 killing over hundreds
Explanation : The Dust Storms are a result of mixing of dust and sand with high moving winds. The intensity of wind increases due to rise in temperatures. In India, Western Disturbances are responsible for moving most of the winds across India taking moisture laden winds along with it from the Bay of Bengal. The areas of intense heat pressurise these winds because of which they hit the place in full force, leaving destruction all around.
Weird Examples : Wild-fires of Southeast Australia killing over hundreds every year, Wild-Fires of US, Northern Europe, India, and other countries
Explanation : Global Warming and the resulting increase in temperatures across the globe have lead to heat waves. The bushes and forests catches up fire from the heat waves, burning up everything that comes across its path resulting in loss of considerable resources.
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So, this was my list of 8 Weird Phenomenons that are induced by Humans directly or indirectly. I hope this post was thoughtful and awaring. Do comment your views over the topic and also SHARE this knowledge with others.