When we choose to take a walk in nature, we’ll usually encounter impressive and unique sights, some of which were created by geological processes that have lasted millions of years and shaped our world as it is today. Proof of this can be found in the form of rocks, hills, and mountains scattered around the world, especially those that are impressive and unique. To make sure you don’t have to travel too far to see these marvels, we’ve gathered 10 travel videos to show you some of the most beautiful geological wonders in the world:
1. Fairy chimneys
The region of Kapdukia in Turkey is characterized by a unique and impressive landscape that is the product of millions of years of natural processes. One of these processes were volcanic eruptions that filled the valleys’ heart, cooling rapidly and then eroding over the years, leading to unique landscape configurations that looked like tall, narrow towers, or, fairy chimneys.
2. The stone tree – Árbol de Piedra
The stone tree is an isolated rock located in the Eduardo Avaroa nature reserve in Bolivia. There is one particularly prominent stone on the reserve, named the stone tree, which looks like a towering 7-meter high tree. This unique stone has received its current shape as a result of strong sand-bearing winds that have carved it over the years.
The Kjeragbolten is a huge round rock located on Mount Kjerag in western Norway. This special rock is stuck in a narrow crevice at a height of 1,000 meters directly above the Lysefjorden, making it a place frequented by many travelers who choose to take unforgettable pictures standing atop it, despite completely rational fears of very long drops.
4. Landscape Arch
The Landscape Arch is one of the longest arches in the world and is located in Arches National Park, Utah, United States. As befits its name, this park has a variety of arches, but the most impressive of them is Landscape which can be reached via a very light walk.
5. Giant’s Causeway
The Giant’s Causeway is a geological site north of Bushmills, Northern Ireland. The site, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986, is a very popular destination for tourists in this area, as everyone is impressed by the 40,000 basalt columns that make it up. The Causeway’s development is being dated by researchers as about 60 million years back when volcanic eruptions formed tholeiitic basalt from which the pillars are made.
6. Balanced Rock
Balanced rock is a unique natural phenomenon that many people find difficult to explain to this day. This special rock is in the Garden of the Gods near Colorado, United States – a region of enormous red rocks that rise to impressive heights. This particular rock will fall at some point due to erosion or other weather damage, so it is best to see it now.
7. The Balancing Column