Shaped and sculpted over millions of years, Earth has on display a range of amazingly beautiful looking landforms and rock formations, which baffles one to the very core. Most textbooks say that some have been created by rain waters, others by wind erosion. But even when the Geography lessons are put to work, a few of these geological structures will come off as tough Earth science.
Sandstone sculpted by water and wind erosion is seen in a slot canyon, one of hundreds that surround Lake Powell near Page, Arizona.Reuters
View of a portion of the Twelve Apostles at Port Campbell National Park in Victoria.Reuters
For instance, the Fairy Chimneys of Turkey. These were formed by volcanic lava, which formed tuff rocks that were later shaped by wind and rain. The mountains of the Zhangye National Geopark, which look straight out of a painting, are landforms that are essentially made of sandstone that have piled up for over centuries.
Stretching over nine kilometers, Lebanon's limestone cave system Jeita Grotto is another wondrous feature to say the least. It houses a stunning line of stalactites and stalagmites, which travelers and tourists aren't allowed to photograph as it would disturb the landscape. The Twelve Apostles by the Great Ocean Road, of which only seven can be seen from viewing platforms, are easily one of the alien-esque features in the world. It seems as if stacks of eroded rocks have been stranded in the ocean.
Here are a set of brilliant captures of weird yet amazing landforms on Earth.
A general view of the stone forest in Shilin Ethnic Yi Automonous county of Kunming, capital of southwest China's Yunnan province.Reuters
The Grand Prismatic Spring, the largest in the United States and third largest in the world, and it's colored bacteria and microbial mats in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.Reuters
The world's largest salt flat, the Salar de Uyuni, is seen from Incahuasi island in the south of Bolivia at 3676 meters above mean sea level.Reuters
Tourists rest above a hill in Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) located inside the nature reserve of Los Flamencos in the Atacama Desert, near San Pedro de Atacama in northern Chile.Reuters
An aerial view shows people traveling along a road inside the Danxia National Geological Park, in Zhangye, Gansu province, China.Reuters
Former British prime minister David Cameron looks out as he stands on the Giant's Causeway during his visit to Northern Ireland.Reuters
A rock formation known as 'Camel Rock' is seen in the White Desert north of the Farafra Oasis southwest of Cairo.Reuters
The lower cave of the Jeita Grotto is seen during a media day tour to campaign for the selection of the Jeitta Grotto as one of the seven natural wonders of the world.Reuters
An aerial view of Love Valley is seen from a hot air balloon in Cappadocia. It is a popular tourist destination in Turkey renowned for Fairy Chimneys.Reuters