What are the mysterious rock formations at Al-Naslaa?

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In summary, the conversation discusses the unique rock formation in Al-Naslaa, which has two clean edges formed by a mysterious crack. The article also mentions the Bisti badlands in New Mexico, which have similarly intriguing geological features. Overall, the conversation highlights the interesting and otherworldly nature of these rock formations.
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"Balanced" rock formations; good photos
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Interesting! Where's the ancient alien's guy when you need him?!
 
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jim mcnamara said:
Summary:: "Balanced" rock formations; good photos

https://bigthink.com/starts-with-a-bang/al-naslaa-rock/
It's interesting how the cleavage of the first picture has a bit of mismatch between the two sides. I didn't read the article -- do they have an estimate for how much of the center portion of the rock was removed to make the two clean edges?

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No estimates I can find. The crack is puzzling to say the least.
 
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Hi, in the same vein as the thread title, this is worth visiting or at least doing an image search on.
Bisti badlands N.M. a couple of examples below.
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Interesting! Where's the ancient alien's guy when you need him?!
A coincidence? the title to the second image in post #5 is "the aliens throne"
 
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Related to What are the mysterious rock formations at Al-Naslaa?

1. What causes these really odd rock formations?

There are several factors that can contribute to the formation of unusual rock formations, including erosion, weathering, tectonic activity, and volcanic activity. These processes can create unique shapes and patterns in the rocks over time.

2. Are these odd rock formations found all over the world?

Yes, there are unusual rock formations found in various locations around the world. Some famous examples include the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland, the Wave in Arizona, and the Fairy Chimneys in Turkey.

3. How long does it take for these rock formations to form?

The amount of time it takes for a rock formation to form can vary greatly depending on the specific location and geological processes at work. Some formations may take thousands or even millions of years to form, while others may form more quickly.

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It is difficult to predict when new rock formations will appear, as it depends on a combination of geological factors and natural processes. However, scientists can study the conditions in certain areas to make educated guesses about potential future formations.

5. Are there any benefits to studying these odd rock formations?

Studying unusual rock formations can provide valuable insights into the history of the Earth and the processes that shape our planet. They can also serve as important landmarks and tourist attractions, bringing economic benefits to local communities.

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