The forces of nature and Mother Nature and time had been generous forming the earth into the wonder-filled place we know it to be today. In every nook and corner, some special natural attraction or geological feature – such as a rock formation – will surprise us. In the United States of America especially in its western or southwestern states, rock formations such as the following turned into some weird-looking spectacles due to a variety of natural forces like wind, erosion, lava, and more.
We gather 5 interesting-looking natural rock formations throughout the US for you to discover as the features of the earth:
1. Devils’ Postpile, California
Along with Rainbow Falls, the strange-looking rock formation Devil’s Postpile is one of the major attractions of eastern California’s Devils Postpile National Monument. The Devil’s Postpile refers to a group of around 400 basalt columns with sides varying in number from three sides to as much as seven, at times reaching up to 60 feet in height. These tall grey columns – actually a common geological feature throughout parts of the world – were formed 100,000 years ago by a lava eruption the pool of which now forms Devil’s Postpile’s base, along with the action of glaciers.
2. Landscape Arch, Utah
The Landscape Arch is located in Arches National Park in Utah, United States of America. It is among the longest natural arches in the world – with the appearance of a long bridge – having been measured at 290 feet. However, the trail beneath Utah’s Landscape Arch was closed due to a number of rockfalls wherein slabs of rock fell to the earth below, and also the action of wind causes the arch to weaken.
3. Chimney Rock, Nebraska
Among the tallest natural rock formations that had served as a landmark in the 19th century in the Oregon Trail, the California Trail, and the Mormon Trail is Nebraska’s Chimney Rock. The geological rock formation’s peak – looking like a tower taller than the Statue of Liberty – rises at 4,228 feet above sea level, almost 300 feet above North Platte River valley, and approximately 285 feet above its surroundings. Chimney Rock is made of Brule clay, with layers of volcanic ash and Arikaree sandstone.
4. Devil’s Tower, Wyoming
In 1906, Devil’s Tower in Wyoming became the United States’ first National Monument. The laccolithic butte is located in a part of Wyoming’s Black Hills in the Bear Lodge Mountains. From summit to base, the famed Devil’s Tower stands 867 feet. Devil’s Tower’s surroundings is majorly made of sedimentary rocks. The tower itself was formed from volcanic activity and erosion.
Now, around 1% of Devil’s Tower’s annual visitors climb the peak. There are 150 different routes to climb the rock formation.
5. Antelope Canyon, Arizona
Antelope Canyon was formed by flash floods – which still visit the site thereby requiring guided tours – and subaerial processes. The site was known among Navajo Indians as “The Place Where Water Runs Through Rocks.” It’s one of the most scenic and most-visited slot canyons in the southwest where it is located in Arizona. Antelope Canyon’s distinguished by flowing looking passages making it one of the most photographed attractions in the region.
The United States of America with its legends, history, and natural sites is one of the greatest places to visit, especially if you want to glimpse one of these unique natural rock formations.
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