Our planet has often faced nature’s fury by way of earthquakes, typhoons, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions.
Geologists and travellers around the world have been truly astonished with the natural occurrences and the marks they’ve left. Focusing on North America, we have listed some intriguing geological wonders from the continent.
Sailing Stones, Death Valley
At Racetrack Playa, Death Valley, travellers will observe the peculiar behaviour of stones. These stones move from one point to another without any human or animal touch. The phenomenon has puzzled scientists since decades. Some of them believe that winds may be the reason behind these movements.
Giant Crystal Cave, Mexico
Also called as Cave of the Crystals, Giant Crystal Cave houses some of the largest crystals of selenite ever found. With air temperatures reaching up to 58° C, visitors can stay in this spot for five to ten minutes at the most. The heat is due to the magma under the cave’s floor. The crystals have heights of up to 39 feet and diameter of up to13 feet. Needless to say, humans will appear like dwarfs near it.
Monument Valley, Utah
This valley has a cluster of vast sandstone buttes and the largest one has a height of 1000 feet. These gigantic formations are stratified with three layers – Organ Rock Shale, de Chelly Sandstone and Moenkopi Formation. The region experiences a desert climate with hot summers and cold winters. This site has been used in a number of Hollywood movies. Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is situated quite close to it.
Grand Prismatic Spring, Wyoming
The largest hot spring in the US, Grand Prismatic Spring is a unique aquatic site with rainbow-like colour combination. These vivid colours are caused due to pigmented archaea that exist in the edges of the mineral-rich water. In summers, this spot is partly orange and red whereas in winters it’s usually dark green. Amateur and professional photographers simply love to capture the scenic beauty of this place.
Antelope Canyon, Arizona
Located in south-western US state, Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon that has been formed due to flash flooding and sub-aerial processes. The canyons are deep and narrow. Furthermore, corkscrewing sandstone walls are in the shades of pink, red and orange. Professional guides will share their knowledge on the culture and historical significance of the Antelope Canyon.