Weird Geological Formations Quiz

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Where is the Giant's Causeway located?

Nearly 40,000 basalt columns make up this enormous formation, which looks like a human-made art exhibit.

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What geologic force created the Giant's Causeway?

The columns are mostly hexagonal, and they look like stepping stones that disappear into the sea.

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What shape are the Moeraki Boulders?

These are literally cemented into a spherical shape on a New Zealand beach.

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Where is "Rock City," which features rocks similar to the Moeraki Boulders?

The three groups of rocks emerge bizarrely in the middle of the open Kansas prairie.

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What does "kummakivi" mean in English?

This huge rock is balanced delicately on top of another in the middle of a Finnish forest.

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In Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, you'll see features that look like what?

These features, found in Madagascar, look like something out of a warped fairy tale.

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For how long has China's Reed Flute Cave been a tourist attraction?

The 180 million-year-old cave is adorned with funky artificial lighting to make its features pop.

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Where are the Fairy Chimneys?

These cone-shaped "chimneys" tower over the landscape, creating an unforgettable scene.

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The Bungle Bungle Range, in Australia, was almost unknown to the outside world until when?

The odd beehive-shaped rocks are in a very remote part of Western Australia.

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How tall is Wave Rock, in Western Australia?

Wave Rock is 46 feet tall and 360 feet long, making it look just like a breaking ocean wave … on land.

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How wide is Deer Cave, in Malaysia?

It is also 400 feet high, and has easy accessibility thanks to tourist walkways.

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Where is the White Desert, which is full of unusual rock formations?

Blowing sand causes many of the twisted and gravity-defying rock sculptures in the White Desert.

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What is the most dangerous time to enter the Antelope Canyon in Arizona?

These beautiful but narrow canyons are infamous for flash floods, the very force that created them.

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Which national park is best known for its multi-colored "hoodoos?"

The brightly colored spires have enthralled humans for centuries.

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How tall are the tallest quartzite sandstone pillars at the Wulingyuan site in China?

And they are topped with trees; you can see them in the movie "Avatar."

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What causes the spots on the Spotted Lake in British Colombia?

The eye-catching "lake" actually is mostly dried, leaving behind mineral deposits that give the location its name.

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What sort of rock lends an alien-like look to the formations at Coyote Buttes, in Arizona?

The result is "waves" of orange rock; you need a special permit just to see these amazing features.

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Off the northern coast of Ireland, you might see an island that looks like what?

A profile view of the island looks eerily like a man floating face up in the sea.

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What caused the Eye of the Sahara, a huge round depression in the Mauritania desert?

Like water, wind is a powerful (and creative) force of erosion that makes spectacular features.

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Where is the "Troll's Hat," a large mountain with a hole that goes right through the middle?

You can actually walk all the way up and through the hole, too.

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How deep is the Great Blue Hole, an underwater sinkhole in Belize?

Divers that explore its depths (400 feet) see large stalagmites and stalactites.

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In what year was the Cave of the Crystals discovered in Mexico?

Some of the huge gypsum crystals are 50 feet long and 4 feet wide; it is truly an alien-looking environment.

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What's the temperature of the Cave of the Crystals?

Volcanically heated water (which also spikes the humidity) is to blame; the conditions require special gear in order for humans to survive.

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How many pillars make up the Externsteine, a series of enormous rock towers in Germany?

Oddly, there aren't many other exposed rock areas in this part of the country.

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What sort of rock makes up the Stone Forest in China?

Uneven erosion left behind spires of limestone that resemble a forest; there are many trees amid the rocks, too.

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How tall are many of the stone "trees" in the Stone Forest?

The blade-like shape of these stones adds to their strange appeal.

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How many islets are there in Ha Long Bay, in Vietnam?

The unusual features helped make it a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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What causes the scary color of the Blood Falls in Antarctica?

The coloring of the falls is so intense that it makes it look like a huge glacier is bleeding.

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Where is the Yonaguni Monument located?

It features a number of flats surfaces and pillars which lend its nickname of "underwater arena."

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What forces created the features of the Yonaguni Monument?

Scientists aren't sure if the odd structures were made by nature or by the ingenuity of ancient humans.

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Mother Nature's odd sense of architecture is evident all across the world. How much do you know about these weird geological formations?

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