Mysterious Gravity-Defying Rocks in Precious Balance.
They are among nature’s most incredible wonders – massive, delicately balanced rocks that appear as if they are about to topple over at any moment. While some may last for thousands of years, the lifespan of the rocks we have selected below, one suspects, is going to be a little bit shorter. Are you ready to rock and roll?
Balanced Rock Park, USA
I wouldn’t stand there if I were you
Standing over 15 meters tall and weighing 40 tons, this wind-carved rock precariously balances on a pedestal only 1 meter by 43 centimeters. No, we wouldn’t want to stand there for too long.
Hoodoos in Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness
Rainbows over rocks
At first glance, this may look like a collection of fungi, but the rainbows give away the scale of these formations. Called Hoodoos, these tall rock spires form in arid deserts. The balanced stone on top is typically a much harder rock and serves to protect the column from nature’s elements.
Mushroom Rock State Park, USA
Located in the Smoky Hills region of north-central Kansas, this park is noted for its mushroom-like rock formations, also known as hoodoos. While naturally a source of interest for geologists, you don’t need to be a rock specialist to gaze and question: are these really formed naturally, or are they the work of another life force?
Balanced Rock, Garden of the Gods
What would it take to push this rock god over? We’re pretty sure the answer is not much. Reversing your car near here? Not a good idea.
This unique stone is part of Colorado’s Garden of the Gods, a unique wilderness that has been the home to many Native American tribes for over 3,000 years. Look closely, and in the rock, you’ll be able to see the history of past ages, from ancient seas to sandy beaches to forgotten mountains.
Kannesteinen Rock, Norway
Sculpted rock off the coast of Norway
Just meters from the shoreline, a statue of a whale’s fin provides a timely reminder of the great creatures that roam the oceans in these latitudes. Only this wasn’t sculpted by hand. Sometimes nature can outdo anything us humans create. This beautiful rock, crafted by the sea, is a testament to that.
Marble Canyon, Arizona
Between a rock and a hard place
So named for its colorful rocks, Marble Canyon is famed for its rafting and fishing. It’s a great location for some backcountry time out, but pitching your tent underneath this bad boy is probably a bad idea.
Krishna’s Butter Ball, India
Prehistoric rolling stone
You could be forgiven for not wanting to stand here and take this photo. At any moment, this giant ball looks as though it will start to obey the laws of gravity and unleash itself like the famous Indiana Jones opening sequence.
Ténéré Rock Desert
Steady as a rock. But not for much longer…
The Ténéré desert, one of the world’s lesser-known deserts, encompasses a vast stretch of the Sahara, covering approximately 400,000 square kilometers from northeastern Niger to western Chad. It is also one of the most inhospitable regions, with daytime temperatures reaching up to 42ºC.
Hot, dusty winds known as the harmattan blow year-round and contribute to the formation of unique rock features found in this desert.
El Capitan (the other one), USA
El Capitan, the lesser-known one.
When you hear “El Capitan,” you may immediately think of the towering 1,000-meter walls of Yosemite National Park. It’s fair to say that the larger El Capitan is the more famous chunk of rock.
However, small can be beautiful too, and the rocks of Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Texas are no less captivating, especially this precariously balanced one.
Grand Staircase, USA
How did that rock get there?
Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument provides a glimpse into the past, showcasing a wide variety of rock formations and features. This delicately balanced rock is part of the Grand Staircase, a geological formation spanning eons of time. But there’s one question that remains: How did that rock get there in the first place?