Sorry, sorry, sorry! Since I shuffled all of my scheduling to add in my 5 Things l Want To Do In Dublin post, I’ve been scrambling to keep up! Here you are, a few of weeks late, 5 Geological Wonders l want To See:
① The Giant’s Causeway: These columns of basalt are actually quite common. Even so, they are an iconic image of travel and exploration (and Ireland); a hugely well-known wonder. I feel, as a sufferer of wanderlust, I should see it at least once.
② Uluru: Another iconic travel image, this one with an interesting and somewhat controversial history. Sacred to the local Aboriginal culture, ownership of this huge sandstone formation and the surrounding lands has, over the year, caused friction between the Aboriginal populace and the Australian government. l would dearly love to tour Australia and this would definitely be on my planned route.
③ Stone Forests of the Yunnan Province: These limestone formations resembling a giant forest (apparently – l don’t see it) cover a massive area (400 square Kilometres) in Yunnan and have been considered, by some, the ‘First Wonder of the world ‘ since the Ming Dynasty. Supposedly you can find formations mimicking people, plants, and animals; It’s like a stone version of the cloud game!!
④ Danxia Landforms: Found in several provinces of china, this sandstone landform is the result of thousands of years of mineral deposits and sediment forming layers which, when eroded into canyons and cliffs, reveal stripes of variously coloured rock. So, basically, it’s naturally stripy rock; how awesome is that?
⑤ Pamukkale, Turkey: Pamukkale (pronounced pan-MOOK-kah-leh) translates from Turkish as ‘Cotton Fortress’; the awesome calcium travertines, formed by the cooling waters of this mineral bath-spa, certainly deserve such a title. There has been a spa on this site since Roman times, and many of the Roman buildings remain as ruins including the original pool which you can swim in. My inner historian is squealing in excitement just writing about it!
Well, what geological wonders have I missed? What would you love to see? Have you been to some of them? Let me know!
Sources (You didn’t think I knew all of that stuff without research… did you?)
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