A look at some of the geological wonders that this wonderful planet of ours holds.
This planet we live on offers us beauty beyond words. Every country has its own special region that takes your breath away with the magnificence of it. Let me show you some places that are a geological wonder that you may know about already, or maybe not?
This awesome sight lies between Arizona and Utah in the United States. This rock is made up of 190 year old sand dunes that over time have turned to solid rock. To get to this rock you have to hike for three miles but it would be so worth it to get a glimpse of the wonderful formation. It is absolutely stunning.
This is located on Navajo land near Page, Arizona and is the most visited and photographed slot canyon In American Southwest. The two photos you see here is the Upper antelope Canyon or The Crack and the other is the Lower Antelope Canyon or the Corkscrew. Both of them drip with beauty that is seldom found looking as wonderful as this.
The Great Blue Hole
This beauty is located in Belize approximately 60 miles of the mainland of Belize City. This hole is almost perfectly round which goes to show you Mother Nature is perfect at times. This is one of the most astounding dive sites that can be found anywhere on earth. The water in this hole is 480 feet deep and it is this very depth that gives this hole such a brilliant blue color.
Crystal Cave of the Giants is found in Chihuahua, Mexico and is a rarity in crystal formations. They were formed by nature in a natural cave enclosed in bedrock. Some of them are as tall as pine trees and some are even greater in circumference. They are translucent gold and silver in color that would dazzle your eyes. They come in all shapes and sizes. It is thought that these crystals were formed by the same hydrothermal fluids as the limestone body that holds the silver, zinc and lead that is found there.
Blue Lake Cave
This Blue lake Cave is found in Mato Grosso do Sul region in Brazil and the little town of Bonito boasts many such caves. This is a natural monument and its interior is formed by stalactics, stalagmites and of course the beautiful lake. The Blue Lake Cave has a variety of geological formations but it’s the color of the deep blue water that gives it its spectacular view.
This Giant Causeway is found in the north-east coast of Northern Ireland. This is the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. Most of these columns are hexagonal but there are some that have six, seven and eight side. The tallest of these columns rise to 36 feet high and the lava found in the cliffs are 28 meters thick. This is considered the fourth greatest natural wonder in the United Kingdom and we can certainly understand why.
Hell Gate or the Doorway to Hell is found in Uzbekistan in the town of Darvaz. Mankind had a hand in this. When they were drilling for gas 35 years ago they found an underground cavern that was so big that they found themselves and their equipment far underground. The cavern was found to be filled with gas so they moved out of the cavern and ignited it so none of the poisonous gas could reach the top. It has been burning all these years with no signs of burning out. The hole seems to have an infinite supply.
Chocolate Hills is found in Bohol, Philippines and is composed of 1,268 perfectly round cone-shaped hills. They are the same size and spread over more than 20 square miles. This makes it a very unusual geological formation. There are many explanations of how these hills came to be such as limestone weathering, sub-oceanic volcanoes, the uplifting of the sea floor and the most recent explanation is that a volcano exploded and sent rocks to this formation and during the years it got covered in limestone and thrust up from the ocean bed. We may never know how these got there but they are a wonderful sight to behold.
I will never cease to be amazed and wonder about the many beautiful things our planet holds, from the tiniest cherry tree blossom to the magnificent mountains that can be found in abundance. So much beauty and we are so fortunate to be able to see at least a picture of these wonderful places.