Tag: rock

Dec 2, 2013

Picture of the Day: World’s Largest Stone Buddha

Picture of the Day: World's Largest Stone Buddha

WORLD’S LARGEST STONE BUDDHA Photograph by Ariel Steiner The Leshan Giant Buddha was built during the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907 AD). It is carved out of a cliff face that lies at the confluence of the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers in the southern part of Sichuan province in China, near…

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Oct 17, 2013

This 300 ft Wall in Bolivia has over 5000 Dinosaur Footprints

This 300 ft Wall in Bolivia has over 5000 Dinosaur Footprints

Photograph by Ramon Kristian Arellano Located 5 km (3 miles) from downtown Sucre, Bolivia is Cal Orko, an imposing limestone slab 1.5 km (0.9 miles) long and over 100 meters high (328 ft). On this steep face (inclination of 72 degrees), visitors can peer through time to when dinosaurs roamed the Earth over 68…

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Sep 15, 2013

Picture of the Day: Mexico’s Giant Crystal Cave

Picture of the Day: Mexico's Giant Crystal Cave

MEXICO’S GIANT CRYSTAL CAVE Photograph by Alexander Van Driessche Cave of the Crystals or Giant Crystal Cave (Spanish: Cueva de los Cristales) is a cave connected to the Naica Mine 300 meters (980 ft) below the surface in Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico. The main chamber contains giant selenite crystals, and are some of…

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Sep 12, 2013

Finding the Ocean Inside an Opal

Finding the Ocean Inside an Opal

Opal is a hydrated amorphous form of silica. Its water content may range from 3% to 21% by weight, but is usually between 6% to 10%. Because of its amorphous character it is classed as a mineraloid, unlike the other crystalline forms of silica which are classed as minerals. It is deposited at a…

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Aug 1, 2013

The Dry Stone Tree Wall that Love Built

The Dry Stone Tree Wall that Love Built

Situated within the Island Lake Conservation Area of Ontario, Canada, is the Dods and McNair Memorial Forest Trail, where people have been planting trees in memory of loved ones for years. After losing his wife Kerry to cancer in April 2011, Eric Landman set forth on creating an ambitious monument in her honour. By…

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Jul 2, 2013

Picture of the Day: Badlands National Park

Picture of the Day: Badlands National Park

BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK Photograph by Jsoo1 on Wikimedia Commons Badlands National Park is a national park in southwestern South Dakota that protects 242,756 acres (98,240 ha) of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles, and spires blended with the largest undisturbed mixed grass prairie in the United States. On January 29, 1939, it was established…

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Jun 24, 2013

Picture of the Day: The Three Sisters of New South Wales

Picture of the Day: The Three Sisters of New South Wales

The Three Sisters of New South Wales Photograph by JJ Harrison | Follow on Facebook The Three Sisters are a rock formation in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia. They are close to the town of Katoomba and are one of the Blue Mountains’ best known sites, towering above the…

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Apr 30, 2013

The Painted Landscapes of China Danxia

The Painted Landscapes of China Danxia

China Danxia is a UNSECO World Heritage Site and the name given in China to landscapes developed on continental red terrigenous sedimentary beds influenced by endogenous forces (including uplift) and exogenous forces (including weathering and erosion). The inscribed site comprises six areas found in the sub-tropical zone of south-west China. They are characterized by…

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Apr 25, 2013

Picture of the Day: The Rocky Wave

Picture of the Day: The Rocky Wave

THE ROCKY WAVE Photograph by G.A. KOUT | gakout.tumblr.com The Wave is located on the Colorado Plateau, near the Utah and Arizona border. The area is a gallery of twisted sandstone, resembling deformed pillars, cones, mushrooms and other odd creations. Deposits of iron claim some of the responsibility for the unique blending…

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Apr 12, 2013

The 4.5 Billion Year Old Fukang Meteorite

The 4.5 Billion Year Old Fukang Meteorite

Photograph via kikootwo on Reddit Back in the year 2000, a 1,003 kilogram (2,211 lbs) meteorite was discovered near Fukang, a city located in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, China. Named the ‘Fukang meteorite‘, it was identified as a pallasite, a type of stony–iron meteorite, with striking olivine crystals throughout. Pallasites are extremely rare…

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