Top Ten Amazing Geological Oddities

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6. Sinkholes

Clearly, it can be really scary to see the earth literally opening up and swallowing your entire home. However, truth is often stranger than fiction, and this is a frightening reality that has occurred in some places such as the southeastern United States. Sinkholes are a rare geographical phenomenon found in areas of Karst Topography, where caverns appear as a result of erosion by groundwater of pockets of loose sedimentary rock found under the surface.

 

7. Stone Forest, Southwest China

The Shilin or ‘stone forest’ is an apt example of karst topography. The limestone rock formations there were formed as a result of water penetrating the ground’s surface and eroding away everything but the pillars.

 

8. Hell’s Gate in Uzbekistan

This site is truly worth a visit and it has an amazing story as well. While geologists were drilling for gas, 35 years ago, outside the small town of Darvaz, Uzbekistan, the drilling equipment unexpectedly hit a pocket and the entire thing caved in. The gas which the geologists were searching for began to permeate the ground. The geologists lit the gas on fire to prevent potential harm to anyone in that area. Amazingly, this area has been burning ever since.

 

9. The Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia, Canada

The Bay of Fundy is another geological marvel, or oddity, worth a mention. One thing unique about the Bay of Fundy is that although there are huge and unpredictable tides, people still run boats on them even. Half way through the day, it is common for any given boat can be suddenly grounded.

 

10. Devil’s Tower, Wyoming

This huge rock rises majestically over its otherwise barren surroundings. The hexagonal shape of Devil’s Tower was caused by the cooling of magma which also cracks and a unique pattern which is called ‘Jointing’.

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