Generally rocks are formed by heat, rain, wind and erosion due to intense atmospheric pressures. Sometimes, the results are pretty impression leaving such incredible rock formations for mankind to see. These formations took millions of years to form and are rock solid. Here is a list of these amazing rock formations from across the world.
1. Nambung National Park, Australia: Situated 245 Kms from Perth in western Australia, is home to one of Australia’s most unique and captivating landscapes – the Pinnacles Desert.
2. Göreme Fairy Chimneys, Cappadocia, Turkey: Göreme Fairy Chimneys is now a world heritage. Due to the ease of carving into the tuff, many of the fairy chimneys have been hollowed out over the centuries to create houses, churches and storage facilities.
3. Monument Valley, Arizona: Monument Valley is located in Arizona with Up to 300 meter (1000 foot) sandstone buttes and mesas. Various western movies were shot in these areas because of its beauty.
4. Garrapata Beach on the Big Sur, California: Its a great beach with amazing isolated rocks in the sea. You may enjoy the sun, sand and these amazing rocks which are very picturesque.
5. Chocolate Hills, Philippines: These hills are almost symmetrical and same sized formation ranges from 3050 meters. Geologists have not reached any consensus on how these giant mole hills were formed.
6. Bungle Bungle Range, Australia: It is located in Purnululu National Park, western Australia. These sedimentary formations were deposited into the Ord Basin 375 to 350 million years ago, when active faults were altering the landscape. The combined effects of wind from the Tanami Desert and rainfall over millions of years shaped the domes.
7. Arches National Park, Utah, USA: Arches National Park is a U.S. national park in eastern Utah. It is known for preserving over 2000 natural sandstone arches, including the world-famous Delicate Arch, in addition to a variety of unique geological resources and formations.
8. Giant’s Causeway, Ireland: This is caused by volcanic irruption 50 million years ago. Many of the columns have eroded until only the tops are visible. This creates an intricate cobblestone type natural walkway, so detailed that it appears as if stone masons laid them.
9. Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA: Bryce Canyon National Park is actually not a canyon, but rather a series of giant amphitheaters filled with colorful pinnacles. The rock formations were caused by wind and water erosion on limestone. Bryce Canyon is recognized for its great air quality and visibility can be up to 200 miles.
10. White Desert, Egypt: It is made of oddly shaped chalk formation. In clear contrast with the yellowish brown of the surrounding desert, the White Desert is stark white reminding of an Arctic landscape.
11. Shilin Stone Forest, China: The stones jut from the earth similar to the way a stalagmite does in a cave. These stones are thought to be 270 million years old. The area was an ocean floor and the flow of water created the majestic pinnacles.
12. Tsingy de Bemaraha, Madagascar: It’s reserve is a karstic landscape of sharp limestone pinnacles called tsingy. The spectacular canyon of the Manambolo river and rolling hills cut through the tsingy creating a diverse landscape.
13. Wave Rock, Australia: The Wave on Hyden Rock is one of Australia’s most famous landforms, a giant surf wave of multicoloured granite about to crash onto the bush below. Stand under it and feel rock power from over 2,700 million years ago, before dinosaurs roamed the earth.
14. Horseshoe Bend, Arizona: It is the name for a horseshoe-shaped meander of the Colorado River located near the town of Page, Arizona, in the United States.
15. Perce Rock, Canada: Is a unique Canadian tourist destination making it an eye candy.
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