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Sculpted by the elements over millennia, are these the world’s most precariously balanced rocks?
They are among nature's most in incredible wonders – huge, delicately balanced rocks that look like they're about to topple over at any moment. Some may last for thousands of years but the lifespan on some of the selection we have below, one suspects, is going to be a little bit shorter. Are you ready to rock and roll?
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Hoodoos in Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness
At first glance this may look like a collection of fungi but the rainbows give the game away on 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 a kind of hoodoo. 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?
Kannesteinen rock, Norway
Just metres 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 out-do anything us humans create. This beautiful rock, crafted by the sea, is testament to that.
Ténéré desert rock
One of the world's lesser known deserts, the Ténéré comprises a vast stretch of the Sahara – some 400,000 square kilometres – from northeastern Niger into western Chad. It's also one of the most inhospitable, where daytime temperatures can reach 42ºC.
Hot, dusty winds known as the harmattan blow year round and are partly responsible for helping to create unique rock features such as these.