Pictures: Stunning Sea of Stars lights up Maldives beach
With January being possibly one of the most uninspiring months on the English calendar, it's quite nice to cheer yourself up with stunning pictures of incredible natural phenomena in exotic far-off lands.
So, we thought we'd share these amazing photos of bioluminescence (the production and emission of light by a living organism), in this case also prettily known as the Sea of Stars, occurring at night on the island of
The breathtaking phenomenon is caused when dinoflagellates, a species of plankton, emit a bright blue light as their cell membranes respond to electrical signals and glow.
It is a common occurrence on the
, which is an inhabited island in the
More awe-inspiring natural wonders below:
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The water here comes in a free fall of nearly 1000 metres, making the waterfall 15 times higher than Niagara falls...
Angel Falls are the world's highest waterfall. They are named after the American aviator who discovered it – James Crawford Angel.
Travellers visiting this famous mountain often feel on top of the world. Can you scale the heights and put a name to it?
On the border between Nepal and Tibet, Everest is believed to be 60 million years old. It was first climbed by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay.
Often referred to as the biggest living thing in the world, there should be few barriers to getting this question right...
The Great Barrier Reef, one of the few natural wonders of the world which can be seen from space, is made up of thousands of different living coral formations.
This sure is a grand shot - and it's America's most famous natural icon. It is constantly changing form, due to erosion from the elements.
This famous chasm is 277 miles long, 18 miles wide in some parts, and took between three and six million years to form.
Discovered by William Gosse in the 19
th century, this unusual rock has a spiritual significance as a meeting place for the locals. Can you centre in on which wonder this is?
Uluru is a sacred site of deep spiritual significance to the Anangu Aborigine people. For this reason, they try to dissuade visitors from climbing it - but hundreds still do so every day.
Hold tite! This is one of the most spectacular tourist attractions in the Middle East...
The Jeita Grotto is home to the world’s largest stalactite: the big beast weighs in at 8.2m long.
Often thought of as the most spectacular area for wildlife in the whole of Africa, this national park is a safari-lover’s dream. But where was our photo taken?
The Serengeti is populated by an estimated 1.5million wilderbeest, 500,000 zebra 3,000 lions as well as many other wildlife species.
European explorers didn't venture here until the 20th century - but now it sees more than half a million tourists every year.
The cliffs and rock faces either side of this 15km fjord rise as high as 1,200m in some parts.
Don't let your senses desert you! This vast area has been shaped over thousands of years...
The Sahara is the largest and driest desert in the world.
No, it's not the Nile. This is the second largest river in the world...
Flowing largely through rainforest, the Amazon meets the Atlantic Ocean smack bang on the equator.
Can you name all of these natural wonders of the world? Click on the arrow to begin!
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