Man Finds Rare ‘Eternal Flame’ Inside a Waterfall

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Our planet has nine known natural ‘eternal flames,’ which are flames that burn endlessly without being tended to by humans. Each eternal flame has been burning for hundreds of years, with some of them originating thousands of years ago. Most of them are located atop natural gas leaks, meaning that they’re atop a big enough fuel supply to stay ablaze. Some were caused by people lighting them, while some were created through lightning strikes. Eternal flames have been found in Turkey, India, Iraq, Nepal, and New York, at the aptly named Eternal Flame Falls, which is where Mike Loughran came across one.

The Journey

Mike Loughran is a fisherman, photographer, and gym teacher, who can now add ‘influencer’ to his resume, as his images of the eternal flame went viral, boasting over 21.7 million views on Instagram. The video, which was captioned, “A rare naturally occurring eternal flame!” shows the fire burning inside a waterfall. Loughran explained, “The flame being inside of a rock wall inside of a waterfall gets great protection from winds and water since the flame is about an arm’s length deep into the falls. It does occasionally blow out in rare heavy wind and weather storms. Hikers often bring a lighter to relight the flame.”

The Most Famous Eternal Flame

While Loghran’s discovery was certainly an impressive one, boasting a combination of fire and water, it isn’t the most iconic eternal flame. That honor goes to the Darvaza gas crater in Turkmenistan which – as the name suggests – fills an entire crater. The crater is located atop a natural gas field, which has been causing it to burn for decades without any signs of slowing down.

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The Darvaza gas crater is a major tourist attraction in Turkmenistan – a country notorious for rarely giving out visas – making it one of the sole tourist spots in the country.

The Reason Behind You Waking Up Just Before Your Alarm Clock

Most of us often find ourselves waking up in the morning just before our alarms go off. Have you ever wondered the reason behind it? Well, we have some intriguing news here! Scientists have confirmed that this particular action has an actual science-proven reason behind it. Let’s unravel this scientific mystery!

The Acting Nerves

With an alarm or not, our body can sense time even in a state of deep sleep. But, how exactly is this possible? Well, as per science, the human body is controlled by the suprachiasmatic nucleus. This is basically a ball of nerves sitting in the middle of the brain. These clusters of nerves play a vital role in controlling body temperature, blood pressure, and most importantly, the human sense of time. This nucleus also decides when you’re going to feel sleepy or wide awake. So, next time you feel unnecessarily sleepy, you know the culprit behind it!

The Sleep-Wake Cycle

We all have our unique body clocks responding to our routines. This body clock becomes more efficient if you head to bed and wake up at the same time every day. An important protein named PER regulates this sleep-wake cycle. The level of this protein changes throughout the day. When at a low level, PER leads to low blood pressure, making you groggier and sending the signal to your brain that it’s time for bed. As per scientists, if you can stick to a regular consistent sleep schedule, your body will learn to naturally adapt to the cycle and will increase the level of PER in your body just before your morning alarm is due to go off. This automatic increase usually starts to happen around an hour before the set alarm time, as the stress hormones begin to release. This chemical-neural combo work in your body is the cause of you finding yourself waking up just a few minutes before your alarm goes off.