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Much like rare cloud formations, these rocks, stacks, pillars, caves, cliffs, massifs, volcanic plugs, karsts, arches, hoodoos, and concretions illustrate the tremendous diversity present in all Earth systems.

Once you’re fired up by the images below, check back to our rock climbing page + destination pages to plan your next expedition.

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About The Author

Hal Amen

Hal Amen is a managing editor at Matador. His personal travel blog is WayWorded.

  • Kathy Amen

    What about that Hanging Rock in Australia inspiring the Bridge of Khazad-Dum? Great pictures! Isn’t geology neat?

  • Ruth Dávila

    ¡Awesome! The nature its the most wonderful thing. Really beutiful

  • Priyanka Kher

    Seen one in person- Te Hoho Rock, Coromandel- time to catch up with the other 59. Probably take a lifetime, but well worth it, I’m sure. Great collection!

  • Donna Voth

    What a beautful world we live in.

  • Jón Ragnarsson

    Awesome rocks…

  • Max Thomson

    No Lagos, Portugal! amazing all the same :)

  • Philip Kenroy

    Nice photos! Also, the northern coastline of Spain, particularly near Zumaia is amazing.

  • Mario Arana

    B e a u t I f u l!

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  • DrivingInertia

    You just blew my mind. Mushroom rock in Kansas? Awesome.

  • Raphael Düblin

    What about Petra (Jordania)..

  • Hadi Abdulsabur

    Great photos. Amazing!

  • Wil Van Winkle

    moon hill also has a faint and easy to miss trail that takes you to the summit. perfect 360 degree view.

  • Kathy Pierson

    What great examples of geology formations! Love it!

  • Tim Jeter

    Love these – some I didn’t even know existed. Rock of Gibraltar? It is quite the formation :-)

  • Charlie Whigham

    Love it! Also, check out the Bungle Bungle range in North Western Australia. They are spectacular!

  • Todd Wortman

    What about the Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick, Canada?

  • Rebecca Lynn Overstreet

    I love how none of these “awesome rock formation” articles never include natural bridge. That’s bullshit.

  • Anonymous

    Sigiriya, Sri Lanka, is missing…

  • Ozren Dešić

    Nice collection, but you could have included “Devil’s town” from Serbia.

  • Mario Alberto Perez

    what about cabo san lucas?¡.

  • Mario Alberto Perez

    what about cabo san lucas?¡.

  • Aurelia Liegler

    love the pictures and stories about them! though the “pont naturel” on mauritius island is missing ;) it’s really amazing!

  • Josh Jones

    Nice collection. Although I wouldn’t have used ‘Mind-bending’ in the title considering a good chunk of them are fairly common examples of weathering…

  • Rhyse Altman

    Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore?

  • Shane Neill

    they’re not rocks, they’re minerals.

  • Shane Neill

    they’re not rocks, they’re minerals.

  • Bradford KNancy

    I was disappointed not to see Goblin Valley, UT.

  • Allii Allee

    Just stumbled it. Awesome photography

  • arbind

    Too good

  • Kara

    Great evidence for a worldwide flood here. Can’t you just imagine powerful currents ripping through forming these amazing rock formations?

  • Char

    south dakota’s badlands should be included!

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