Natural Phenomena

Is this a Photograph of a Large Storm Over Sydney?
  • 2 April 2019
Beware of composite, violent weather phenomena.
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Is This a ‘Lava Moon’ Melting Into a Waterfall?
  • 5 October 2018
A photograph of the moon and a waterfall seemingly align just right to create a...
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Does This Photograph Show a Large Spiral Cloud Forming at Sunset?
  • 12 September 2018
An image of a large spiral cloud forming at sunset was created with the help...
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Is This a Picture of an ‘Intense Supercell with a Mass of Tornadoes’ in Kansas?
  • 4 September 2018
An image purportedly showing multiple tornadoes touching down in Kansas is actually a composite image...
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Does This Image Show a ‘Firenado’ in California?
  • 6 August 2018
A "firenado" truly formed during the Carr fire in California, but this photograph likely does...
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Do Photographs Capture Niagara Falls Frozen?
  • 23 January 2007
A number of images capture the famous waterfall in a mostly frozen state, although many...
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Did Crabs Swarm a Florida Road After Irma?
  • 14 September 2017
A web site falsely claimed to be showing live footage of a mass crab migration...
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Is This a Picture of the Bitterroot Forest Fire?
  • 1 September 2003
An awe-inspiring photograph reportedly captured wildlife fleeing a fire in Bitterroot Forest, Montana.
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Is This a Real Video of a Thunderstorm Supercell?
  • 20 July 2017
A video purporting to show a huge storm moving over a rural road was digitally...
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Jugurtha's Table, a rock formation in Tunisia
Does This Photograph Document the Ancient Stump of a Giant Tree?
  • 14 July 2017
Jugurtha Tableland in Tunisia is a rock formation, not a vestige of forests that stretched...
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Yellowstone Lava Geyser
  • 9 July 2017
A report of lava gushing out of geysers at Yellowstone National Park following a string...
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Flathead Lake
  • 18 March 2015
A somewhat mislabeled photograph shows the remarkably clear Flathead Lake in Montana.
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