In the world of geology and even archeology, strange finds are not uncommon. While some remain a mystery, there are others that have perfectly reasonable explanations... but that doesn't mean they're any less unusual.
Odd finds left behind by Mother Nature can be found around the world, such as the sacred Uluru or even Lion City, which sits deep under the water in China. However, there are so many more locations that seem as though they were left by otherworldly means, but are they, really?
Giant's Causeway In Ireland
The Giant's Causeway can be seen along the Causeway Coastal Route in Northern Ireland and it's one of the more interesting features to see along the way. Over 40,000 hexagon-shaped rocks fit together to form a perfect, uneven grid, all made out of black basalt.
The intricacy and seemingly geometric pattern of these rocks are what makes it so mind-blowing. The theory behind this feature is that it was the result of volcanic activity roughly 50-million years ago, and the rate at which the rocks cooled down is what led to the unique shape we see today.
Moeraki Boulders In New Zealand
These strange rock spheres can be found all along the Koekohe Beach. There are two explanations for their origins, one of which is geological and the other, of Maori legend. According to the geological evolution of the area, these rocks were formed similar to the way pearls are - by ocean floor sediment building up over time.
According to the legend of the Maori, these stones were once part of a massive canoe that, once wrecked at sea, were then washed ashore.
Stone Forest In China
The Stone Forest in China is also a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and as such is protected land. These extremely tall rock formations date back roughly 270-million years in what was once believed to be a sea. That's the only explanation for these giant towers, as the combination of both water and wind would be the only thing strong enough to shape them into what they are today.
The stone towers are composed of sandstone and limestone, offering further proof that this area was, indeed, once underwater. The stone pillars still stand today amongst other actual trees in the forest, making for an interesting landscape.
Chocolate Hills In The Philippines
The Chocolate Hills are so interesting because there are so many of them in one location. They're the only ones of their kind and were unique enough to be considered the third National Geographical Monument of the Philippines.
So what are they made of, exactly? The core of these strange mounds is limestone, which is normally covered by grass. Because of this, they're not always the same color - but when the grass does turn brown during the dry season, that's where the name "Chocolate Hills" comes from.
Bryce Canyon National Park In Utah
While definitely unique, the rock formations in Bryce Canyon National Park are not actually one of a kind. These structures, called hoodoos, can also be found in Banff National Park on one of its many short hikes. However, these hoodoos are intertwined with other strange structures such as spires and can be found throughout the canyon.
According to BBC, the Paiute Tribe called these hoodoos, "red rocks" that "stood like men" in the "bowl-shaped canyon." With some of these formations reaching heights that are taller than ten stories, it's believed they were formed by water that repeatedly froze and thawed in between sedimentary rocks.