Famous Rock Formations Around the World

Updated February 21, 2017

Rock formations are natural phenomenon where water and wind have naturally shaped the rock into various shapes. It can take thousands of years before a rock formation emerges from an undifferentiated rock face, and given that erosion is a constant factor, rock formations are always changing, albeit very slowly. There are many famous rock formations throughout the world.

Wave Rock

Wave Rock is located in Australia, and it is 50 feet tall and 360 feet long. The rock formation rises and curves at the top in the shape of a tall, smooth wave, and there are vertical stripes of dark algae growing along the interior of the wave, giving it a watery appearance.

Delicate Arch

The Delicate Arch is a rock formation that is located in the state of Utah in the United states. The Delicate Arch, once known as Cowboy Chaps, is composed of an arch of stone that stands at the rim of a large sandstone bowl. The arch's topmost point measures at 52 feet tall. During the 2002 Olympic Games, the Olympic torch was passed through the Delicate Arch.

Karlu Karlu

The Karlu Karlu are large, rounded granite boulders that are located in Australia on the Aboriginal sacred site, Wauchope. The Karlu Karlu, also known as Devil's Marbles, are believed to be part of the oldest religious site in the world. The boulders themselves are thought to be the eggs of the rainbow serpent.

James Bond Island

James Bond Island is located in the Ao Phang-Nga National Park in Thailand. It is a tall, needle-shaped limestone rock that is covered with growing plant life. It stands in the middle of the water and must be approached by boat. It acquired its name through being featured in a James Bond movie, and it is also known as Ko Tapu or Nail Island.

Devil's Tower

Devil's Tower is also known as Bear Tower, and it is located in Wyoming. The structure stretches 1200 feet into the air, tapering to a peak as it goes up. The Devil's Tower was formed when magma erupted through the neck of a volcano, forming an igneous plug. As erosion wore away the surrounding rock, the igneous rock was left behind, jutting into the sky.

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