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06Garden of the Gods, Colorado SpringsGarden of the Gods is a public park located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA. It was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1971.The Garden of the Gods red rock formations were created during a geological upheaval along a natural fault line millions of years ago. Archaeological evidence shows that prehistoric people visited Garden of the Gods about 1330 BC. About 250 BC Native American people camped in the park. They are believed to have been attracted to wildlife and plant life in the area and used overhangs created by the rocks for shelter. There are many native peoples who have reported a connection to Garden of the Gods, including Ute, Comanche, Apache, Kiowa, Shoshone, Cheyenne, Pawnee and Lakota people.

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Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Crow Reservation, Mt, USABighorn Canyon National Recreation Area was established by an act of Congress on October 15, 1966, following the construction of the Yellowtail Dam by the Bureau of Reclamation. This dam, named after the famous Crow chairman Robert Yellowtail, harnessed the waters of the Bighorn River and turned this variable stream into a lake. Archeological and historical resources complement the natural scene. About one third of the area is within the Crow Indian Reservation.Bighorn Lake extends 71 miles through Wyoming and Montana, 55 miles  of which are held within spectacular Bighorn Canyon. The Recreation Area straddles the northern Wyoming and southern Montana borders. There are two visitor centers and other developed facilities; one in Fort Smith, Montana, and one near Lovell, Wyoming. The Afterbay Lake below the Yellowtail Dam is a good spot for trout fishing and wildlife viewing for ducks, geese, and other animals. The Bighorn River below the Afterbay Dam is a world class trout fishing area. North of Lovell, there is a spot where one can stand on the canyon rim, shout, and hear a “triple echo.” Bighorn Canyon NRA has four historical ranches within its boundaries. The Lockhart Ranch was owned by Caroline Lockhart who was a famous journalist and novelist in the early 1900s. Two of her books were made into silent films in the 1920s. The Mason-Lovell Ranch was operating during the Open Range days of the 1880s, and the ranch once had 25,000 cattle roaming the entire Bighorn Basin. The Hillsboro Ranch was a dude ranch where people came to vacation. President Teddy Roosevelt was a visitor once. The Ewing-Snell Ranch is a former family ranch that was started by Erastus Ewing. Erastus came west to get rich in gold mining, but the gold fields yielded little gold. Erastus became a rancher instead.
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Manpupuner Rock Formations, Russia.
The Manpupuner rock formations or the Seven Strong Men Rock Formations or Poles of the Komi Republic are a set of 7 gigantic abnormally shaped stone pillars located north of the Ural mountains in the Troitsko-Pechorsky District of the Komi Republic.These monoliths are around 30 to 42 m (100-140 ft) high and jut out of a hilly plateau formed through the weathering effects of ice and winds.

Deemed one of the Seven Wonders of Russia, the Manpupuner rock formations are a very popular attraction in Russia, though not well known internationally and relatively unspoiled by tourism. Their height and abnormal shapes supposedly make the top of these rock giants inaccessible even to experienced rock-climbers.

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China.
The Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is a unique national forest park located in Zhangjiajie City in northern Hunan Province in the People’s Republic of China. It is one of several national parks within the Wulingyuan Scenic Area.The most notable geographic features of the park are the pillar-like formations that are seen throughout the park. They are the result of many years of erosion. The weather is moist year round, and as a result, the foliage is very dense. Much of the erosion which forms these pillars are the result of expanding ice in the winter and the plants which grow on them. These formations are a distinct hallmark of Chinese landscape, and can be found in many ancient Chinese paintings.

In 1992, Wulingyuan was officially recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the park’s quartz-sandstone pillars, the 3,544-foot (1,080 m) Southern Sky Column, had been officially renamed “Avatar Hallelujah Mountain” in honor of the eponymous film in January 2010.

Lena Pillars, Russia.
Lena Pillars is the name given to a natural rock formation along the banks of the Lena River in far eastern Siberia. The pillars are 150-300 m (490-985 ft) high and consists of the alternating horizons of limestone, marlstones, dolomites and slate. The Lena Pillars National Park was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2012.The giant stone colonnades of Lena Pillars Nature Park line the banks of the Lena River in the Sakha Republic, also known as Yakutia. Isolated from each other, the pillars soar to heights of 100 meters or more than 328 feet, and are also rich in fossils. They formed by freeze-thaw action over the millennia due to the area’s extreme changes in temperatures.

The site lies less than a day’s boat ride upriver (south) from the city of Yakutsk, the capital of the autonomous Sakha Republic. One may plan a river cruise by contacting a travel service in the city of Yakutsk.

Isimila Gorge in Iringa, Tanzania.
This Monument in Tanzania is found at Isimila, 20 km (12.5 mi) South of Iringa on the Mbeya road. Isimila date back some thousands years and contains ancient tools, weapons and dramatic sandstone columns that stand as mute sentinels to a bygone era.

Pillars standing in arrays along a 2 km (1.25 mi) gorge and the height of each is variable ranging between 20-30 feet (6-9 m) high from the basement of the eroded land. The site was discovered in 1951 by Mr. D.A.Maclennan of the St. Peters School in Johannesburg, South Africa who was on his way from Nairobi to Johannesburg.

Davolja Varos, Serbia.
Đavolja Varoš (meaning “Devil’s Town”) is a peculiar rock formation, located in south Serbia on the Radan Mountain near Kuršumlija. It features 202 exotic formations described as earth pyramids or “towers”, as the locals refer to them. They are 2-15 m (7-50 ft) tall and 4-6 m (13-20 ft) wide at the base.These formations were created by strong erosion of the soil that was scene of intense volcanic activity thousands of years ago. Most of the towers have “caps” or “heads” of andesite, which protect them from further erosion. Since 1959, Đavolja Varoš has been protected by the state and a 1995 decision of the Serbian Government declared it a major natural monument subject to category one protection.

A natural spring is located beneath the formations and has a high mineral concentration. There are two springs: Đavolja voda (Devil’s Water), with extremely acidic water (pH 1.5) and high mineral concentration (15 g/l of water), and Crveno vrelo (Red Well). Đavolja Varoš was a nominee in the New Seven Wonders of Nature campaign.

Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, Madagascar.
Tsingy de Bemaraha is one of Madagascar’s newest parks – it was opened to the public only in 1998. The 152,000 ha (587 sq mi) Bemaraha is best known for its tsingy sharp limestone pinnacles that may reach 150 feet (45 m) in height. Cut through the tsingy are canyons and gorges full of rich fauna and flora.

The Tsingys are karstic plateaus in which groundwater has undercut the elevated uplands, and has gouged caverns and fissures into the limestone. The word tsingy is indigenous to the Malagasy language as a description of the karst badlands of Madagascar. The word can be translated into English as where one cannot walk barefoot. This place is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990.

Needles (Black Hills), USA.
The Needles of the Black Hills of South Dakota are a region of fantastically eroded granite pillars, towers, and spires. Popular with rock climbers and tourists alike, the Needles are accessed from the Needles Highway, which is a part of Sylvan Lake Road (SD 87/89).The Cathedral Spires and Limber Pine Natural Area, a portion of the Needles containing six ridges of pillars as well as a disjunct stand of limber pine, was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1976.

The Needles were the original site proposed for the Mount Rushmore carvings. The location was rejected by the sculptor Gutzon Borglum owing to the poor quality of the granite and the fact that they were too thin to support the sculptures. The Needles attract approximately 300,000 people annually.

Meteora, Greece.
The Metéora is one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece, second only to Mount Athos.The six monasteries are built on natural sandstone rock pillars, at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly near the Pineios river and Pindus Mountains, in central Greece. Some of the pillars are high up to 400 meters.

The nearest town is Kalambaka. The Metéora is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List under criteria I, II, IV, V and VII.

Pobiti Kamani, Bulgaria.
Pobiti Kamani is a rock phenomenon located in Varna Province, Bulgaria, on the road between Varna and Sofia around several villages just west of Varna. It consists of several groups of natural rock formations on a total area of 7 sq km.

The formations are mainly stone columns between 5 and 7 metres (16-23 ft) high and from 0.3 to 3 metres (1-10 ft) thick. The columns do not have solid foundations, but are instead hollow and filled with sand, and look like they are stuck into the surrounding sands, which gives the phenomenon its name. In order to be preserved, Pobiti Kamani was designated a natural landmark in 1937.

Cappadocia, Turkey.
The Cappadocian Region located in the center of the Anatolian Region of Turkey, with its valley, canyon, hills and unusual rock formation created as a result of the eroding rains and winds of thousands of years of the level, lava-covered plain located between the volcanic mountains Erciyes, Melendiz and Hasan as well as its troglodyte dwellings carved out of the rock and cities dug out into underground, presents an otherworldly appearance.The eruptions of these mountains which were active volcanoes in geological times lasted until 4 thousands years ago. A soft tuff layer was formed, 150 m (500 ft) in thickness, by the issuing lavas in the valley surrounded by mountains. The rivers, flood water running down the hillsides of valleys and strong winds eroded the geological formations consisting of tuff on the plateau formed with tuff layers, thus creating bizarre shapes called fairy Chimneys. These take on the names of mushroom shaped, pinnacled, capped and conic shaped formations.

The area is a popular tourist destination, as it has many areas with unique geological, historic, and cultural features. Hot-air ballooning is very popular in Cappadocia and is available in Goreme. Trekking is enjoyed in Ihlara Valley, Monastery Valley (Guzelyurt), Urgup, and Goreme.


Rock islet is a landform composed of rock, lying offshore, uninhabited, and having at most minimal vegetation. But sometimes, rock islets don’t look exactly like this – some are naturally strange looking, and some of them people have adapted to their own needs and made them pretty unusual. Uniqueness makes these small islands very popular among local visitors, foreign tourists and photographers from around the world.

1. New Eddystone Rock, Alaska, USA.
The Alaskan island called New Eddystone Rock is a pillar of basalt. The basalt came from fractures in the floor of Behm Canal (natural channel in Alaska). The broken, haphazard texture of these basalts indicates that New Eddystone Rock was part of a volcanic vent where magma rose repeatedly to the surface of the earth.Capt. George Vancouver named the rock after the Eddystone Lighthouse near Cornwall, England, when he sailed through this area in 1793. This forested pillar is 237 feet (72 m) high.

2.Fastnet Rock, Ireland.
Fastnet Rock or simply Fastnet is a small islet in the Atlantic Ocean and the most southerly point of Ireland. Due to its location, Fastnet was known as ‘Ireland’s Teardrop’ because it was the last part of the country that Irish emigrants would see as they sailed to the United States in the 19th century.Fastnet Rock is a small clay-slate islet with quartz veins. It rises to about 30 metres (98 ft) above low water mark and is separated from the much smaller southern Little Fastnet by a 10 metres (33 ft) wide channel. The Rock’s lighthouse was originally built in 1854, but was swept away in 1865. It was eventually rebuilt in 1906 with granite rocks imported from Cornwall and now also boasts a helipad.

3. Turnip Rock, Michigan, USA.
Just off the Michigan shore in Lake Huron is Turnip Rock, a large turnip-shaped rock-island. The unique shape is the result of thousands of years of erosion by storm waves.
Twenty-foot-high (6 m) trees and other vegetation have grown at the top of the isolated rock. The surrounding land is privately owned, so visitors can only view the rock via boat or over the frozen lake in the winter.

4. Dunbar Rock, Honduras.
On this small island in Honduras, is located an incredible resort. The villa at Dunbar Rock is one of the Caribbean’s most unique dive resorts; truly one of a kind. It is so well known and unusual that it’s featured in the Government of Honduras tourism advertisements and on its own postcard. Dunbar Villa operates as a well known dive resort, with excellent diving and fishing right off the dock. The coral reef is 100% private and the island lends itself to the intimacy of a private island. The island has a small oak forest that provides shade from the heat of the day.

5.Stenčica (Little Rock), Serbia.
House in the middle of Drina River is situated on Stenčica islet, near the town of Bajina Basta, Serbia. Precisely, this town lies in the valley of the Drina River at the eastern edge of Tara National Park.In 1968 local kids have erected the first structure on this islet, like a retreat and without a building permit proper. Not only the natural setting is intriguing but also the fact that it sits on the river which now represents border between two countries (Serbia & Bosnia and Herzegovina), territory not belonging to either jurisdiction, sort of duty free zone. The structure was rebuilt several times since then. Whenever torrential rain and flood take the structure down, one of the original builders, Milija Mandic Gljiva, would build a new one.

6. Mitsukejima, Japan.
Mitsukejima is an uninhabited island in Suzu, Ishikawa, Japan. Because of its shape, it is also known as Gunkanjima ( meaning “Battleship Island”), which is also the common name given to Hashima Island in the Nagasaki Prefecture. According to folklore, the island was given the name “Mitsukejima” by the monk, scholar, and artist, Kūkai, who was the first to discover the island while travelling from Sado Island, Niigata.Mitsukejima is approximately 150 metres (490 ft) long, 50 metres (165 ft) wide, and 30 metres (100 ft) above sea level. It is composed of diatomaceous earth, the raw materials for shichirin, a portable clay cooking stove which is a specialty product of Suzu. Mitsukejima is known as a scenic spot of the Notohantō quasi-national park, and attracts many tourists.

7.Clingstone, Rhode Island, USA.
Clingstone House is a remarkable 105 year old mansion on a piece of rock in the Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, USA. The rock is so small that it can be at the most called a micro islet. The three storey, 23 roomed mansion, with 10 bedrooms, was built in 1905 by J.S. Lovering Wharton in consultation with artist William Trost Richards.
Although the house was designed to withstand hurricane winds, however it was badly damaged by a hurricane in 1938 and remained vacant for about 20 years. In 1961 it was purchased by an architect Henry Wood, a distant cousin of Wharton, who renovated it and now maintains it by using a very imaginative method of inviting about 70 of his friends and relatives each year to stay with him and help him in carrying out the annual repair work including cleaning of 65 windows. The mansion is locally known as “The House on a Rock”.

8.The Rock, Tanzania.
On this islet, near the shore of the beautiful Michanwi Pingwe beach (Zanzibar), is located a Rock Restaurant. Depending on the tides it is possible to wade across or if you prefer, the restaurant has a boat to transport you from the beach to the steps at the bottom of the rock and back again.The owners don’t advertise the restaurant, and they don’t put up signs pointing people to their joint. They just sit there and wait for people to find them. Naturally the restaurant serves a wide variety of sea food.


This blog reached another milestone : 100.000 hits in a few months !!! Thank you very much for everything !!
I feel that all of you are part of my family because in my dark days you helped me with your thoughts and simply by visiting this blog.

For this i want to show a few beautiful photos of some amazing buildings devoured by sand.
The deserts and sands are the best landscapes for finding old and abandoned buildings. The arid climate lends itself to preservation, and there is little danger of serious decay or damage from flooding. At the same time, the sand is an ever-shifting geographic feature that can swallow whole towns both quickly (as in a violent sandstorm) or slowly (as it shifts over time).

Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse, Denmark.

The Buildings of the Abandoned Town of Kolmanskop, Namibia.

Tilsandede Kirke (The sand buried church), Denmark.

Houses in the Village of Araouane, Mali.

Mosque Minaret, Egypt.

Old Telegraph Station at Eucla, Australia.

Houses in the town of Chinguetti, Mauritania.

Oregon Inlet Life-Saving Station, USA.

Ancient Pyramids and Houses in Meroë, Sudan.

See you on 200.000 hits ! :)



Located in one of the flattest places on the face of this planet are the strange and unexplained Sailing Stones of Racetrack Playa – Death Valley – California – USA. Once a year the “Playa” or flat desert pan experiences short winter rains and becomes slippery as the hexagonal desert floor turns back to mud. During this time the boulders and rocks move leaving clearly visible tracks behind them. Although scientists believe that high winds are responsible, some of the rocks will suddenly change directions and move at almost perfect right angles to their previous direction. All the evidence suggests that this is not a hoax although it is also said that the movement of these rocks has never been captured on film or video.


1.Mammoth Cave, USA.

Located in the Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky, it’s the world’s longest cave system, with more than 630 km in length. The full of limestone natural phenomenon, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, is carved by the Green River and its tributaries. The cave is formed 100 million years ago but the geological process is still continuing.

2.Reed Flute Cave, China.


The cave known as “the Palace of natural Arts” is located in the north-west of China. According to a legend, the name Reed Flute comes from the believing that the reed by the cave’s mouth could be made into flutes. Reed Flute cave can stun the human spirit every time a man looks at the majestic fairyland of stalactites, stalagmites, stone pillars, stone curtains, birds, plants and animals in fantastic shapes and colors. Also, an underwater river adds to the spectacular ambient. It’s only 240 meters long, but having in mind the landscape it’s definitely worth visiting.

3.Ali-Sadr Cave, Iran.


This 70 million years old underground cave is 40 meters high and contains several large, deep lakes. A river is flowing through it, so the transportation is done only by boat. 11 km long water canals were discovered recently. Some of them lead to a place called “Island.” A lot of ancient artworks add to the beauty of the cave. Animals, hunting scenes, bows and arrows can be seen on the walls. Tourists can see this by using a pedal boat.

4.Lechuguilla Cave, USA.

Lechuguilla Cave is the fifth longest cave in the world, with 203 km, and deepest in continental US (489 m). It’s located in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico. It’s most famous of its rare and unusual geology. Except its extreme size, the cave offer a large variety of rare speleothems, some of which had never been seen anywhere in the world. Lechuguilla Cave surpassed its nearby sister, Carlsbad Caverns, in size, depth, and variety of speleothems, though no room has been discovered yet in Lechuguilla Cave which is larger than Carlsbad’s Big Room. Unfortunately, Access to the cave is limited to approved scientific researchers, survey and exploration teams, and National Park Service management-related trips.

5.Waitoomo Glowworm Cave, New Zealand.

This cave is famous because of the worms hanging on the roof which shine like stars, Which is actually a chemical reaction happening inside of their tails. These creatures can be found only here. Except that, the cave could offer the tourists a lot of cave decorations, limestone, and the magnificent Cathedral cavern well known for its great acoustics. It’s believed that the cave is formed about 30 million years ago.

6.Eiseriesenwelt, Austria.


Eisriesewelt cave is located near Werfen, Austria. It’s one of the world’s longest cave with over 42 km. The cave was formed by a Salzach river, which eroded into the mountain. In the cave can be seen a lot of crystal forms, created by thawing snow which drained into the cave and froze during winter. Eisriesenwelt is opened for visitors from May to October. Over 200 000 tourists come every year to see this wonder of nature.

7.Phong Nha Cave, Vietnam.

Another cave recognized as world’s heritage by UNESCO is the Phong Nha Cave in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in Vietnam. The 7729 meters long cave system offers spectacular sight of 14 grottos and plenty of underground rivers. The cave is also known as kingdom of grottos. Most of the rivers combine with the Gianh River and run to the sea.

8.Skocjan Caves, Slovenia.

Skocjan Caves were entered on UNESCO’s list of natural and cultural world heritage sites in 1986, due to their scientific importance, acknowledged by international scientific circles. The highest cave system in Europe is full of amazing stalactites and stalagmites. The Reka River adds to the wonderful nature of this global phenomenon. It flows on the surface in the first part, but then disappear underground and continues its way through the caves, where creates a magnificent view.

9.Jeita Grotto, Lebanon

The Jeita Grotto is a compound of two separate but interconnected karstic limestone caves: the upper grotto and lower grotto. The cave is situated in the Nahr Al-Kalb valley, locality of Jeita, near the Lebanese capital Beirut. The caves have formed over millions of years due to the dissolution of limestone. The 2130 meters long upper cave isn’t entirely accessible for tourist; only 750 meters can be visited via a specially conceived walkway. Access of the rest remains restricted due to ecological reasons. A great variety of stalactites, stalagmites, columns, mushrooms, ponds, curtains and draperies can be seen in the upper cave. Characteristic for the lower cave is the underwater river, broken up by several small cataracts and rapids, and the lake named Dark Lake. It’s full with wonderful speleothemes. It is accessible only by electric boats for a distance of 500 meters.

10.Cueva de los Cristales (The Crystal Cave), Mexico.

Cueva de los Cristales (The Crystal Cave) is part of Naica Mine in Chihuahua, Mexico. It was discovered in 2000 by miners while excavating a new tunnel. The 300 meters deep cave contain some of the largest crystals ever found on Earth. The largest one found until today is 11 meters in length, 4 meters in diameter and 55 tons weight. Although the scenery is amazing, people must be careful when enter the cave because of the sharpness of crystals. However, no one can endure inside for long. The temperature is about 58 C degrees and humidity is 90 to 100 percent. Without proper protection people can stay there approximately 10 minutes.



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