The earth is home to many spectacular geological formations. From the Grand Canyon to Himalayan Mountains there are many wonders to behold. Just as there are many conventionally beautiful geological structures there are also some strange yet remarkable structures that may be lesser known to the public. We have created a list of five unique and amazing geological sites.
1. The Wave Rock (Australia) – This rock formation in Western Australia is named after its wave like appearance. The wave portion of the formation is 15 meters high and 110 meter wide. The public works department in the area built a retaining wall on The Wave to collect rain water into a dam. Many similar structures in the area are also used this way.
2. Giant’s Causeway (Ireland) – Giant’s Causeway, located on the northeast coast of Northern Ireland, is an amazing and captivating site. It formed as a result of volcanic eruption with some 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. The hexagonal columns look man-made but are 100% natural. The columns are 12 feet high and up to 28 meters thick in several places.
3. Antelope Canyon (Arizona – United States) – The Antelope Canyon in Arizona, United States, is a frequently photographed rock formation in the world. The local people believe that the upper portion of the rock has water running through it, and the lower portion is referred to as spiral rock arches. The formation involves 5 separate and scenic slot canyon sections. The 5 sections are Upper Antelope Canyon, Rattle Snake Canyon, Owl Canyon, Mountain Sheep Canyon, and Lower Antelope Canyon.
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4. The Door to Hell (Turkmenistan) – The Door to Hell or Gates of Hell (The Darvaza gas crater) in Turkmenistan is a burning natural gas field. It collapsed into a cavern near Darvaza, Turkmenistan. There are some disputes about how the crater ignited. Accurate records have not been discovered, and most facts are disputed. However, it is said that the fire has been burning for the last 35 years.
5. Chocolate Hills (Philippines) – The Chocolate Hills, located in Bohol, Philippines, is a well-known tourist attraction. The formation is made from at least 1260 hills, but there may be as many as 1776 hills. The hills are spread over an area of 50 square kilometers. A fascinating thing about these hills is the change of color. They are green around the year but go brown during the dry season.