Famous Rock Formations

Natural rock formations noted for the shapes they have assumed as a result of exposure to wind and water erosion for millions of years.

These rock formations may not be as awesome as the Grand Canyon or as majestic as Uluru, but they are still nature’s wonder.

Sit back and relax! And hope you enjoy a tour to these world famous rock formations, as follows:

Amah Rock

A granite rock located on top of a hill near Sha Tin in Kowloon Hongkong, resembling a woman with child on her back. Its Cantonese name “Mong Fu Shek” literally means “the stone that is gazing out for her husband.” According to legend, it was where a fisherman’s wife faithfully waited with her son for her husband, who never returned, so the gods took pity on her by turning her into stone.

Wave Rock

An amazing rock formation situated near Hyden town in Western Australia, where one can find other equally amazing formations such as the “Hippo’s Yawn” and the “Humps.” Standing about 14 meters in height and 110 meter long, it is shaped like a giant wave that is just about to break onto a 2.7 trillion-year-old prehistoric surf, but frozen in time.

Queen’s Head

Lying along the coastal area of Taipei’s county of Yehliu in Taiwan are countless mushroom rock formations of thick sandstone that are named after objects they resemble such as fairy shoe and candlesticks, but the most well-known of all is this rock that is shaped like an Egyptian woman’s head. Its name is a literal translation of its Mandarin name: “Nu Wang tou.”

Bowerman’s Nose

A large stack of granite located in Dartmoor Great Britain, which you can make out a human face in its rocky outline with a little bit of imagination. According to a local folklore, a Norman hunter went out with his hounds so engrossed in chasing hares that they accidentally crashed into a coven of witches disrupting their ceremony; the witches in revenge turned him into stone.

Old Man of the Mountain

A granite rock-face profile protruding out from Profile Mountain above Profile Lake that could once be seen as one travel along I-93 in Franconia Notch State Park. This once state symbol of New Hampshire of the United States, also known as “The Great Stone Face” or “The Profile,” unfortunately collapsed in the year 2003 due to centuries of erosion by wind and rain.

Flowerpot Rocks

Also called Hopewell Rocks, they are located in a popular tourist destination at Hopewell Cape, New Brunswick, Canada. The bases of these breathtaking sandstone formations have been worn away for thousands of years by the Bay of Fundy’s powerful tidal waves.

Devil’s Organ Pipes

A truly remarkable formation of around 40,000 basaltic columns of volcanic origin that resembles an organ overlooking the Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. According to Irish legend, it was built by the giant Fionn MacCumhail so that he could walk to Scotland to fight against the Scottish giant, Benandonner.

Lotus Flower Peak

The highest of the 72 peaks of Huangshan (Yellow Mountains) located in south Anhui province in China. It is a literal translation of its Chinese name “Lian Hua Feng” due to its likeness to a lotus flower in full bloom. In fact, Huangshan is is famous for its oddly-shaped pines, mountain springs and cloud seas and especially for its numerous rock formations that seemingly combine to form human and animal figures that have names as “Five Old Men Going to the Heavenly Capital” and “Flowers Painted with a Dreamed Writing Brush.”

Jug Rock

A large, free-standing table rock formation made up of sandstone that is located outside the town of Shoals near the East Fork of White River in Indiana, United States. It somehow looks a water container with a lid on it, and has a companion rock known as the “House Rock” standing opposite it.

Fairy Chimneys

The signature of the Cappadocia region in Turkey, these magnificent formations are made up of an erosion-resistant basalt layer on top of cone-shaped pillar of volcanic ashes that have solidified into the soft rock called tufa. In fact, caves, churches, houses and various other structures have been carved into them.

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32 Responses to “Famous Rock Formations”
  1. edna Says...

    On August 29, 2008 at 5:14 pm

  2. ibagur Says...

    On September 17, 2008 at 7:15 pm

  3. galego Says...

    On September 18, 2008 at 12:53 am

    Praia das catedrais (Galiza, EspaƱa)
    Cathedrals beach (Galicia, Spain)


  4. william rodriguez II Says...

    On September 18, 2008 at 2:11 am


  5. Eunice Tan Says...

    On September 18, 2008 at 2:33 am

    Fantastic things done by nature!
    A very interesting article, Eddie. Well done!

  6. Mancha_manchega Says...

    On September 18, 2008 at 2:54 am

    Hi! Nice stones, but have you ever been to Ciudad Encantanda, in Cuenca (Spain)?

  7. Mancha_manchega Says...

    On September 18, 2008 at 2:56 am

    Sorry, the correct name is Ciudad Encantada (Cuenca, Spain)

  8. esauro Says...

    On September 18, 2008 at 5:07 am

    In Canary Island (Spain) we have a howling wolf in the sea. The photo is mine, but it’s not the best I have seen.


  9. eddiego65 Says...

    On September 18, 2008 at 6:08 am

    Thanks for the great response and for all the comments. And special thanks also for suggesting more amazing rock formations. Probably I’ll be doing a sequel. :)

  10. Unofre Pili Says...

    On September 18, 2008 at 6:32 am

    Good job eddie..these are simply amazing rocks. Thanks for sharing.

  11. nobert soloria bermosa Says...

    On September 18, 2008 at 9:19 am


  12. BC Doan Says...

    On September 18, 2008 at 9:20 am

    Great article edddiego65!

  13. Intranet Says...

    On September 18, 2008 at 9:32 am


    In Alicante (Spain) we have a musulman face.

  14. Dave Says...

    On September 18, 2008 at 10:40 am

  15. Aqua Says...

    On September 18, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Wow! Nice.

  16. deathlydevon Says...

    On September 18, 2008 at 4:52 pm


  17. bomberosalas Says...

    On September 18, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    see this : http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2182/1865425356_a9126250df.jpg?v=0

    Piedra del Indio, en Coyhaique, Chile.

    Indian Stone


  18. Melody Arcamo Lagrimas Says...

    On September 19, 2008 at 1:44 am

    Amazing! I love the Wave Rock and the Devil’s Organ Pipes the most. Thanks for sharing.hope you can view my works too.

  19. C. Jordan Says...

    On September 19, 2008 at 8:38 am

    Pleasant on the eyes.
    If you look at images of Fingals cave you will see the same formations that are on the Devils Causeway which Geographically, are on the same lines.http://fingalscave1.blogspot.com/

  20. lion Says...

    On September 19, 2008 at 11:35 am

  21. ave yarrum Says...

    On September 19, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    Wow…these are fantastic formations and great photography.

  22. thestickman Says...

    On September 20, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    You should mention that the U.S.’ State Quarters Program used “Old Man in the Mountain” on it’s Connecticut issue coin. And show a scan of this, would be neat.

    Hmm… the ‘Fairy Chimneys’ looks rather, um ‘phallic’… (’nuff said!)

    Nice article.

  23. thestickman Says...

    On September 20, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    d-OH! “Old Man in the Mountain” on it NEW HAMPSHIRE coin. My bad. :-

  24. eddiego65 Says...

    On September 20, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    Thanks for your comments, friends.

    bomberosalas, lion and C. Jordan, I love your suggestions. Fingals cave is really very awesome.

  25. Rumi Says...

    On October 9, 2008 at 12:28 am

    I like the article and the pictures,too!Thank you!

  26. courtcourt Says...

    On October 28, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    this website/place is amazing!!! this place is awesome. u have some amazing pictures!!!! i luv the pics of the old man of the mountain and !!! :)

  27. seansgirl15 Says...

    On December 5, 2008 at 9:18 am

    wow these rocks are captivating

  28. goodselfme Says...

    On December 7, 2008 at 3:11 am

    I would have never seen any of these wonderful formations if it hadn’t been for your great article and superb pics. WEll done!

  29. BUNNY Says...

    On October 28, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Hi I luv your pics they are very amazing

  30. abbey Says...

    On December 3, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    coooooooooooooooooooollllllllllllllllll rocks!

  31. emily klee Says...

    On February 4, 2010 at 11:15 am

    those are magnifecent rock formations. my fave is the quenn head i wanna seethat in person!!!!

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