Amazing work of the Lord you have captured here :) I enjoyed the pictures and it's so amazing :) Loved this :) Voted up , useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting :) God bless you! Another rock formation that has long attracted tourists is the Hoodoos, spread over an area of about 26 square kilometres in northwest Mexico. Wikimedia Commons - Photo credit: JJ Harrison. Your continued interest is a great support. A typical example of weathering and erosion due to wave action has culminated in the many unique formations found at Nanya, including the ice-cream-cone-shaped rock pictured above (and visible in the video below). Thanks for sharing. Anthony D/AllTrails There's simply nothing like hiking upon remnants of the Ice Age, and the surrounding nature is breathtaking. Mel Carriere from San Diego California on June 05, 2013: Nice work as usual. A trip around the rock's base would be around 9 km. Located about 10 kilometres south of Poole and Bournemouth, these rocks are over 60 million years old (dating from the Cretaceous Period). srsddn (author) from Dehra Dun, India on April 17, 2018: All so beautiful. The formation of this giant structure is still debatable, but most geologists consider it to be an igneous intrusion—a formation created by the underground cooling and condensing of magma. creativeaqua, I agree with you. Wind and waves coming off the Indian Ocean took some 500 million years to carve these granite boulders into the remarkable shapes you see today. It is a part of the Port Campbell National Park in Victoria, which is popular among tourists for relaxing and swimming. Snorkel the warm, shallow waters in the boulders’ shadows, looking out for sea turtles and keeping your feet well clear of sea urchins. Northeastern Wyoming has the honour of being home to the first United States National Monument—Devil's Tower. . Resembling a breaker about to crash into the ocean, the 14m-high Wave Rock is a distinctive section of a single granite inselberg near Hyden, Western Australia. Over millennia, the Colorado River has cut a deep gorge in the rock, which wraps around in a breathtaking horseshoe shape. Marabut Rock Formations, Marabut, Samar; Biri Island Rock Formation, Biri, Northern Samar; Nakabuang Arc, Sabtang, Batanes; Alapad Rock, Batan, Batanes; Apo Island Rock Formation, Dauin, Negros Oriental; Boto ni Kurakog, Bagamanoc, Catanduanes; Lugsangan Rock Formation, Dalaguete, Cebu; Dupag Rock Formation, Luna, Apayao; Thailand I would try to add more in my next updating. Thanks for visiting my Hub and for voting it up as well. Believed to be from the Ice Age, the rock formation on Mount Tai in the Shandong province of China is composed of three huge boulders and several smaller ones. Similarly, their structures also show wide variations in mineral composition, affecting the colour and density of the rocks and resulting in many different visible layers caused by erosion. But for geology fiends and lovers of seaside scenery, the world still has plenty of weird and wonderful rock formations to enjoy. Don't forget the cliffs in Portugal. ComfortB, I am glad you love nature and nature manifest in many ways. Afterwards, stretch out on the sand with a fresh coconut and an eye on the emerald hills of nearby Praslin Island on the horizon. 2. Underneath both the soild and the ocean, Earth's outer layer is made of hard, solid rock. Have a nice time! It added that about 80 percent of tourists to the island visited the famed rock formation. Its rocks are of volcanic origin linked to the first activity of the famous Mount Etna in 1669. Chris from Tampa, FL on October 16, 2015: Beautiful. Voted up and sharing. The image above shows Uluru at midday, but the changes in its colour are most impressive at sunset and sunrise. Many of them are huge, and viewing them is breathtaking. I am glad you love nature. Ashima peak is believed to be the incarnation of Ashima, a Hani girl, and is respected greatly. Supported by a narrow trunk, this huge stone is located in high water near the village of Oppedal in the Municipality of Vågsøy. Best viewed from above, you can make out why this rock formation located to the north of Molokai gets its popular nickname. These rocks are awesome in their own way. The list with all these amazing and unique formations is great. There can be dramatic changes in the brightness of the images one gets at different times of the day with changing positions of the sun. It’s theorised that Wave Rock was created by concentrated erosion that often occurs at the base of inselbergs, explaining the 110m-long rock’s perplexing geomorphology. Its name comes from the Old English ‘thirl’, meaning ‘pierce’ or ‘drill.’ To get here, park at the top of the cliffs and clamber down, or hike the one-mile coast path from Lulworth Cove. Another name, ‘Land’s End’, is appropriate for the location, unreachable by road. srsddn (author) from Dehra Dun, India on June 05, 2013: Mel Carriere, thanks for stopping by. This world is full of such beautiful creations and it is really difficult to list all. Afterwards, head to the row of seafood restaurants outside the park to feast on anything that swims. I want emails from Lonely Planet with travel and product information, promotions, advertisements, third-party offers, and surveys. Thanks for sharing :), Khao Ta-Pu, a.k.a. Scramble up the nearby bluffs for the best view, taking extra care on windy days. At its middle, the island tapers to an impossibly skinny 30 feet. vibesites, Nature is great and it manifests itself in many ways. I am glad you took interest in the rocks presented in my Hub. The countless stone formations in the Forest have different shapes—from high pillars and camel humps to elephant shapes—caused by the fury of nature millions of years ago. I love the photos and the descriptions you wrote about them. A UNESCO Heritage Site located in the County Antrim in Northern Ireland, Giant's Causeway is a splendid show of the aftermath of a particular kind of volcanic activity. srsddn (author) from Dehra Dun, India on June 19, 2013: Vishakha Bajaj, Thanks for visiting. Formed by wind and water erosion over millennia, the arch is a hot spot for colonies of boisterous sea lions. Visit Drumheller, Alberta for the best examples of hoodoos in Canada. This area is widely used in hotel advertising in the Los Cabos Corridor. Getting outdoors helps and these photographers found an object that, with the right conditions, can be presented amazingly well in a photograph. It forms the north side of a solitary hill, which is known as “Hyden Rock.” This hill, which is a granite inselberg, lies about 3 km (2 mi) east of the small town of Hyden and 296 km (184 mi) east-southeast of Perth, Western Australia. These two rock formations now look like the 12 Apostles formation nearby. On the other tumbles the navy Atlantic. Those who have seen the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun will recall this famous rock in Thailand's Phang Nga Bay. Thanks for visiting. The Rock of Gibraltar is a hulking limestone promontory that looks out over the Strait of Gibraltar, the entrance of the Mediterranean Sea. But when the angry grey sea surges, water explodes through blowholes in the rocks, shooting high in the air and spraying anyone nearby. I'm particularly charmed and intrigued by the Giant's Causeway, the "bridge rocks" in China and Norway, another rock in Norway that looks like an hourglass, Devil's Tower, the Wave Rock and the rocks at the Hoodoos at Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness Area (the place looks like a setting for a sci-fi film). Those who have seen the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun will recall this famous rock in Thailand's Phang Nga Bay. Snapping photographs is a delightful activity, nowhere more so than at Wave Rock in Arizona. Sunset is an excellent time to visit, when the lichen glows gold in the waning light. From Valley of Fire in Nevada to Natural Bridge in Virginia, check out these awe-inspiring places. At high tide, deep water allows kayaking amidst the rocks and exploring hidden coves. Shaped and sculpted over millions of years, these stunning landscapes and rock formations hold invaluable clues to Earth's past and future. 2. I like it very much such a wonderful creation of God. Surprisingly, many tourists are not afraid of dropping from the cliff, which is about 1,000 metres high . Part of the Ao Phang Nga Marine National Park since 1981, this 20-metre-high limestone rock (which increases in diameter towards the top) is frequented by tourists. Thanks for the support for this Hub. I am glad you would be visiting some now and I hope you will share your experiences. Sheesh, y’all. The soft rock erodes, leaving thin columns with bulbous tops. On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it. brownella, I agree with you, time is really short for enjoying such incredible formations of nature and there are so many. It can be a big list and accommodating all of them in one Hub would be uphill task. Dubbed as a natural monument to the great American president, the rock formation has been immortalized in postcards. (The site has been declared a protected area, as a large number of fossils have been found here.) Found in the Normandy region in northwest France, the town of Étretat is famous for three spectacular sea arches, namely, the Manneporte, Porte d’Amont, and Porte d’Aval. I can unsubscribe any time using the unsubscribe link at the end of all emails. Think of Hong Kong and you’re probably visualising streets of blinding neon, the sky hardly visible above the high-rises. The Wave is a delicate sandstone formation, popularly known for its rolling and swelling shape. James Bond Island (Thailand), Hoodoos at Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness Area (Mexico). Here, I endeavour to showcase 20 of the most incredible rock formations in the world. The columnar basalt rock has defied erosion and is standing tall at about 9 meters in height. The Arbol de Piedra is another stunning example of geological erosion; over millennia, strong winds have rendered this volcanic rock formation thin at its base. I am glad you believe in the creations of the Lord. The Hoodoos' unique shape is due to the sandstone's differential resistance to erosion. On the rough-hewn northwest coast of New Zealand’s South Island lies one of the world’s great geological roadside attractions. No part of this site may be reproduced without our written permission. The Giant’s Causeway is located on the Northeast coast of Ireland. Wikimedia Commons - Photo credit: Mike Lehmann, Loch Ard Gorge (Now Tom and Eva, after collapse), Australia. brownella from New England on June 03, 2013: Beautiful pictures. While good photographers can find the beauty in almost any object, part of the game can still involve finding more interesting and beautiful things to photograph. Wikimedia Commons - Photo credit: Bartcockx (Public Domain). The two eye sockets formed on rockin that way made it … Luckily, Earth has more than enough amazing natural sights to go around -- including many rocky phenomenon. Wave Rock is a natural rock formation that is shaped like a tall breaking ocean wave. https://hubpages.com/travel/5-Best-Places-to-Visit... Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on October 16, 2015: Great hub! The site is of great archaeological importance and attracts many tourists. The 1-397-foot-high (426 meters) rock is … 6 Skull Rock, California One of most notable rock formations in the world, in the shape of a skull, located in Joshua Tree National Park in California. Believed to be standing for thousands of years, Long Island's Balancing Rock at Digby Neck seems to defy gravity. I am glad you liked it. The soft rock erodes, leaving thin columns with bulbous tops. But a quick drive from the teeming city centre is a coastal landscape about as un-urban as you can imagine. It is sometimes scary for the tourist, as there are no guard railings at the edge of the cliff. This erosion is happening even now, due to rains and snow. gabriela from romania on December 07, 2013: srsddn (author) from Dehra Dun, India on September 03, 2013: rdsparrowriter, Your enjoyment is my privilege. If you’re lucky you’ll spot dolphins breaching in the cold waters below. As you an imagine, an apple-shaped rock formation split in two due to the force generated by the freezing and expanding of water in a crack in the rock during one of the Ice Ages. This limestone formation is a part of the Stone Forest, which is spread over about 400 square kilometres in Lunan county (Yunnan province) of the People's Republic of China. Enormous, crenellated granite boulders guard the edge of this powdered sugar-sand beach like a herd of ancient elephants. Looking rather like Henry Moore sculptures, all enormous curves and womb-like hollows, the rocks are swirling blends of mica, quartz and feldspar, topped with rust-like orange lichen. Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park is a 932-acre (377-hectare) park located in the Sierra Pelona Mountains in northern Los Angeles County, California.It is known for its rock formations, the result of sedimentary layering and later seismic uplift. It's the most famous, though not the only, wave rock in the region, and The Humps nearby provide another impressive rock formation in weathered granite boulders scattered like contemporary sculptures. The JFK Profile Rock can be viewed from the scenic valley road that winds its way through the Iao Valley. The entire region is host to interesting limestone formations: just west of the Durdle Door you’ll see a line of jagged islets nicknamed the Bull, the Blind Cow, the Cow, and the Calf. This is one of the most famous spots in Pafos, a coastal city in Cyprus. After exploring the cliffs, taxi over to Sai Kung town for a seafood feast. The Hoodoos at Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness Area, North Mexico. Both survivors washed into a cave now known as Loch Ard Gorge. 5 Famous Rock Formations and Where to Stay Nearby When you live on a planet that’s essentially one giant rock, there’s sure to be plenty of incredible geological features on its surface. Maybe one can’t find the ocean in the middle of the desert but there’s always The Wave of Arizona. As a result of erosion, one of the massive limestone arches at Loch Ard Gorge collapsed in June of 2009. Today the Giant’s Causeway is one of Northern Ireland’s top tourist draws. The formations are technically known as ‘hoodoos’, which occur when soft rocks like sandstone are topped with harder volcanic rock. The wave is one of the most picturesque and amazing rock formations and tops the list of the world’s greatest attractions. But I guess writing all of them in one article is impossible. On the east coast of Sicily, you will find Aci Trezza, a beautiful town situated near Catania and home to the famous Faraglioni dei Ciclopi. Yorja Rahmani from India on June 19, 2013: Nice list! The erosion caused by the constant lapping of the sea means these chalk formations are ever-changing. Mount Tai is a sacred mountain in China; perhaps the sacred connection led to this amazing formation being named the "immortal bridge". Susie Lehto from Minnesota on September 02, 2013: Thanks, Reeverose. The ambitious can kayak here as well – but beware rough seas on the Pacific side. The distinctive El arco rock formation. Hoodoos can be up to three metres tall and are continually eroded by rain, wind, and frost. Famous rock formations in the ocean on Praia da Rocha, Portimao, Portugal. Those interested in geological periods will undoubtedly enjoy seeing the Painted Cliffs of Maria Island in Tasmania. The percolation of groundwater through the sandstone millions of years ago left traces of iron oxides, thus creating a 100-metre stretch of beautiful patterns that look almost like paintwork. Top Australia Geologic Formations: See reviews and photos of geologic formations in Australia, South Pacific on Tripadvisor. Just outside of Page in Arizona, there is an amazing site called Horseshoe Bend. Skull rock was formed by continuous action of rain drops, rock get eroded when water accumulated. © 2021 Lonely Planet. God is the greatest artist that I know. The 15 most amazing landscapes and rock formations. Rock Beach Praia da Rocha in Portimao. Algarve, Portugal, Europe Located mostly in the dry and hot desert areas, the size of the Hoodoos varies from 5 feet to over 100 feet. Elephant Rock (Mokuhooniki) Photo: Edwin Alvarado. The United States is a veritable outdoor gallery for crazy rock formations. The area between Port Orford and Humbug Mountain also features some notable formations and groupings that can be easily seen from Highway 101 viewpoints. Wikimedia Commons - Photo credit: Treeman (Public Domain). Deciding on the best angle is a challenge, as every degree of change only makes the formation more fascinating. Equally remarkable is the rest of Kangaroo Island, with beaches of fat, happy seals, fields of fragrant lavender and colonies of tiny blue fairy penguins. Book a stay now, and explore these natural wonders. Chris, I plan to update my Hub soon and will take care of your suggestion. For another angle, you might enjoy taking in the rock formation from a raft on the river below. When you’re done, feast on tacos and sip small-batch mezcal in stylish Cabo San Lucas. Whether for their shape, components, location or beautiful surroundings, tourists have long been drawn to these spectacular-looking rocks. Wikimedia Commons - Photo credit: Shyamal1980, Wikimedia Commons - Photo credit: MassimoTava. In fact, this erosion has taken away Old Harry's 'wife', which has been reduced to a stump visible only during low tide. It is a very sad day for Malta. However, erosion is taking place even now at this southwestern coastal landmark. Located in the Northern Territory (Central Australia), this sacred sandstone rock formation is one of the world's largest monoliths, having a height of more than 318 metres (or nearly 1,000 feet). These photos seem to portray that the lord is an artist of many wonderful things. I am glad you liked the rock formations. Laura Fraser / alltrails.com They are mostly hexagonal, and so perfect that they give the impression of being man-made. All rights reserved. srsddn (author) from Dehra Dun, India on September 02, 2013: colorfulone, thanks for visiting. This spot is a popular gathering area for sea lions and is frequented by tourists. Wikimedia Commons - Photo credit: Pfctdayelise. This giant, mushroom-like rock clocks in at 3 metres tall and is thousands of years old. The columns shot in the vertical direction due to a volcanic activity which pushed the basalt through chalk. I can always count on you to present the educational and the unique. This visually amazing islet resembles that of an elephant—trunk, ear, body, tail and all. srsddn (author) from Dehra Dun, India on December 07, 2013: gabriela, thanks for stopping by. Loch Ard was a clipper ship that was wrecked while heading to Melbourne from England in 1878. The rock formation juts out from the side of a hill, standing about 50 feet (15 m) high, amidst the valley's lush vegetation. It is here that the Pacific Ocean becomes the Gulf of California. Algarve. Its ancient Hawaiian name is Mokuhooniki, literally meaning “pinch island.” The rock is flat - and it’s seemingly hanging in midair above the ground. Note: Due to its fragility, access is restricted to only to 20 people per day, so plan ahead! Rochelle Ann De Zoysa from Moratuwa, Sri Lanka on September 03, 2013: Wow! I am glad you liked the creations of God. We all yearn to spend time in nature, and thankfully there's no shortage of incredible sights to enjoy; from mighty mountains and roaring waterfalls to thick forests and beautiful beaches, we're spoiled for choice. Elias Zanetti from Athens, Greece on June 05, 2013: Beautiful hub and pictures! While I have a great appreciation for manmade wonders, nothing comes close to the beauty of the natural world. On a spit of land jutting into the East China Sea, Yehliu is a fairyland of mushroom-, dragon- and tree-shaped rock formations that could easily double as a far-off planet in a sci-fi flick. The ill-fated ship had 54 passengers and crew, out of which only 2 survived. The beach adjacent to the town of Bandon has one of the best views of nearshore rocks and most accessible groupings of intertidal rock formations on all of the Oregon Coast. Wikimedia Commons - Photo credit: Alexander Klink. I am glad you liked the pictures. In this article, we will explore one natural phenomenon in particular—rock formations. Have a nice time. It was formed artistically by the might of the sea, which eroded some parts of it to give it a spectacular shape. This geologically unique feature is quite sacred and is a place of worship for the Lakota and other tribes. Even if you’ve never been to Malta, you may be familiar with one of the Mediterranean island nation’s natural attractions: a limestone rock arch called the Azure Window. Thanks for visiting. These are the cliffs of High Island, close-packed towering hexagonal columns formed 140 million years ago from the lava flows of vast underground volcanoes. These rock formations have been featured in the paintings of world-famous artists, such as Gustave Courbet, Eugene Boudin, and Claude Monet, which is one of the reasons why people come to experience the great view for themselves. Diagram A: Soft, solid rock from underneath the plates rose and hardened adding solid rock to the edges of both plates. Nature is really amazing! It’s one of England’s most beloved natural wonders, drawing droves of photographers and picnickers to the adjacent pebble beach in warm weather. Giant's Causeway Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. Beach and rock formation known as Praia da Rocha in travel destination Portimao. This natural limestone arch on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast rather resembles a sea serpent taking a drink. Tourist from all over the world travel to these amazing destinations to see the strange but beautiful rock formations nature has made. A visit to this magical sandstone rock formation is an incredible hiking experience, though it can prove to be a harsh desert-like one, depending upon the prevailing weather conditions. Wave Rock. Yosemite National Park Tourism; Yosemite National Park Hotels; Yosemite National Park Bed and Breakfast; Yosemite National Park Vacation Rentals; Yosemite National Park Vacation P Thanks for stopping by and voting up/sharing. I haven't been to any of the places you listed though I have been to Halong Bay and am planning on getting to the Bay of Fundy this fall which has some cool rock formations...so many things to see, so little time. Situated in the Desierto Siloli in Bolivia about 4,600 metres above sea level, the uniqueness of this isolated rock lies in its resemblance with a stunted tree. There are approximately 40,000 of these stone pillars, each typically with five to seven irregular sides, jutting out of the cliff faces as if they were steps creeping into the sea. The California Coast displays more of these natural pieces of art than any other state. The weathering of the crystals has now formed honeycomb patterns, but it is still magical. Have a wonderful day! Have a nice time! Part of the Ao Phang Nga Marine National Park since 1981, this 20-metre-high limestone rock (which increases in diameter towards the top) is frequented by tourists. Known as the Island of Cyclops, the bizarrely shaped rocks are called Faraglioni di Trezza by locals. Deonne Anderson from Florence, SC on June 04, 2013: These photos of nature at it's best are terrific! The abundant wildlife around makes it an even more incredible spot for tourists. This famous rock formation consisting of basalt columns was formed 50 to 60 million years ago. Here are 10 of our favourites. Get here via a glass-bottom boat tour or sunset catamaran cruise from the nearby marina. Have a nice week end! There are plenty of other rock formations throughout the area, too, and they all have sweet names like Lover's Leap, Fat Man's Misery, and so much more. Two thumbs up! vibesites from United States on June 05, 2013: If I could only vote many more than just one rock! 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