An abandoned autumn beach looking out on the Sea of Azov became a popular sightseeing attraction over the weekend, after Mother Nature created an incredible mud volcano, which formed a wide, flat island just a few dozen meters away from the shore. Spewing a slurry made of water and gases mixed with sand and dirt, the mud volcano shot several meters into the air as it started forming an artificial island on Sunday, just off the coast of the Taman Peninsula.

The act of nature was recorded by local beach strollers who witnessed the mud volcano, most typically formed after hot water below the earth’s surface begins to blend with mineral deposits, pushing the mixture to the surface. But unlike an actual volcano, the muddy imitation produces no lava. In fact some mud volcanoes are used as popular, therapeutic “mud baths,” and are often found in Russia’s Krasnodar region. FULL REPORT