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Top Five Amazing Geological Oddities

in the World
By: Seqzane Dasent
1: United States

Death Valley, California, is a


place where rocks can be
found to move on their own.
Surrounding the racetrack
are pebbles and boulders
strewn all about. Strangely,
some of the rocks really do
move, though others stay
completely still.

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2: The Richat Structure or “Eye of the Sahara”

This impressive sight can be seen


in Mauritania, at the south-
western tip of the Sahara desert.
This land formation is so large,
with a diameter of 30 miles, that
it can in fact be seen from outer
space. Originally, this structure
was believed to have been
formed by a meteorite impact.

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3: The Driest Place on Earth, the Atacama Desert

The Atacama Desert receives less


than 1mm of rain per year and is
considered to be the driest place
on the planet. The desert is the
product of the Andes rain-shadow.
The trade winds which move east
along South America begin to lose
all moisture when they hit the
steep slopes of the Andes
Mountains.

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4: The Naica Mine, Cave of Crystals, Mexico
These caves, found in a mine in
Chihuahua Mexico, have some of
the biggest crystals ever
discovered and are a spectacular
sight. Made of Gypsum, the
crystals were allowed to grow
unimpeded and hence are worth a
mention among the world’s top-
most geological oddities.

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5: The Curtain of Fire, Hawaii

During the initial stage of the


Puu Oo eruption in January,
1983, these amazing lava
fountains erupted first. They
later formed a wall of magma
100-160 feet high along the
Eastern Rift of Mount
Kilauea following a fissure.

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