Top Ten Rock Formations

Top Ten Rock Formations

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  1. Richat Structure, Mauritania
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    This weird bull’s eye feature spans 50km of desert in the Mauritanian Sahara. The structure has been something of a puzzle for geologists ever since it was first spotted from space, as the surrounding area is largely featureless. It’s now thought it was caused by uplift and erosion rather than a meteorite impact.
    Links: Top Ten Mauritanian Attractions, http://www.insidehoops.com/forum/showthread.php?t=142190,
  2. Fairy Chimneys, Turkey
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    Containing one of the world’s most surreal landscapes, Göreme national park in Turkey is filled with soft tuff pillars, mushrooms, needles and waves. Many of its so-called fairy chimneys have been hollowed into troglodyte dwellings and churches.
    Links: Top Ten Turkish Attractions, Top Ten Scenic Destinations
  3. The Slot Canyons of Arizona, USA
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    America’s south-west is scored with numerous sleek slot canyons, narrow fissures in the rock eroded by water and wind over the millennia. The most striking is Lower Antelope Canyon, also known as the Corkscrew, located on Navajo land near Page. Its interior changes constantly with the sun’s rays bouncing down the whirling walls.
    Links: Top Ten US Attractions, Top Ten Canyons, http://www.insidehoops.com/forum/showthread.php?t=142190,
  4. Pariah Canyon Rock Formations, Arizona and Utah, USA
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    The Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness is a 112,500 acres (455 km2) wilderness area located in northern Arizona and southern Utah, USA, within the arid Colorado Plateau region. The wilderness is composed of broad plateaus, tall escarpments, and deep canyons. The Paria River flows through the wilderness before joining the Colorado River at Lee’s Ferry, Arizona. The Colorado Plateau and its river basins are of immense value in the Earth sciences, specifically chronostratigraphy, as the region contains multiple terrain features exposing miles-thick contiguous rock columns geologists and paleobiologists use as reference strata of the geologic record.
    Links: Top Ten US Attractions, Top Ten Canyons,
  5. Uluru, Australia
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    Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is a large sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory, central Australia. It lies 335 km (208 mi) south west of the nearest large town, Alice Springs; 450 km (280 mi) by road. Kata Tjuta and Uluru are the two major features of the Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park. Uluru is sacred to the Aṉangu, the Aboriginal people of the area. The area around the formation is home to a plethora of springs, waterholes, rock caves and ancient paintings. Uluru is listed as a World Heritage Site.
    Links: Top Ten Australian Attractions, National Parks,
  6. Half Dome, California, USA
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    Half Dome is a granite dome in Yosemite National Park, located in northeastern Mariposa County, California, at the eastern end of Yosemite Valley — possibly Yosemite’s most familiar rock formation. The granite crest rises more than 4,737 ft (1,444 m) above the valley floor.
    Links: Top Ten US Attractions, Top Ten Californian AttractionsNational Parks, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Half_dome,
  7. The White Desert Rock Formations, Egypt
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    Links: Top Ten Egyptian Attractions, Top Ten Mushrooms,
  8. The Immortal Bridge, China
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    The Immortal Bridge is located on Mount Tai, north of the city of Tai’an, in the Shandong province of China.
    Links: Top Ten Chinese Attractions, Top Ten Bridges,
  9. Red Rock Arches in Arches National Park, Utah
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    Links: Top Ten US Attractions,
  10. Devil’s Tower
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    According to Native American legend, a giant bear tried to climb the rock cliff and left claw marks in the face of this magnificent rock formation.
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  11. Balanced Rock in Arches National Park, Utah
    Balanced Rock in Arches National Park
    While Arches National Park in northeastern Utah is best known for its hundreds of red rock arches, many rock formations are almost equally as famous. Balanced Rock is one of the more well known, as it is easily seen from the main road in the park. The uppermost part of Balanced Rock, a strong type of rock called Slick Rock sandstone, rests on a less stable rock known as Dewey Bridge mudstone. Since the mudstone erodes faster than the Slick Rock, top-heavy formations occur with some frequency. Eventually the weaker pedestals will wear away and Balanced Rock will collapse.
    Links: Top Ten US Attractionshttp://gardengrow.wordpress.com/tag/nature/page/3/,
  12. Links: Nature, Top Ten Natural Wonders of the World, Top Ten Rocks/Stones, Top Ten Rock Types,

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