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Not far from the Quivertree Forest is the Giant’s Playground. Here, mighty dolerite and basalt rock formations balance precariously one on top of another to form what looks like a giant geometrical puzzle. These have stood here for around 180 million years and, combined with the Quivertree Forest, make for a very photogenic excursion.
The unusual rock formations were caused by the erosion of underling sedimentary rock around 170 million years ago.
The Quiver Tree Forest (Kokerboom Woud in Afrikaans) is a forest and a well-known tourist attraction of southern Namibia. It is located about 14 km north of Keetmanshoop, on the road to Koës, in the Gariganus farm. It comprises about 250 specimens of Aloe dichotoma, a species of aloe that is also locally known as "quiver tree" (Afrikaans: kokerboom) because bushmen use its branches to make quivers. The forest is spontaneous; the tallest quiver trees are two to three centuries old. The forest was declared a national monument of Namibia on June 1, 1995.
In the surroundings of the forest there is another site of geological interest (itself a tourist attraction), the Giant's Playground, a vast pile of large dolerite rocks.
This is one of a series of volcanic dykes caused by molten rock thrusting up through cracks in the crustal rocks: The solidified upwelling rock (in this case quartz-dolerite) is harder than the surrounding bedrock and weathers less over time leaving a cliff or wall of dolerite - Ideal for rock climbing
I must have missed where the OP is trying to claim this phenomenon is responsible for every controversial ancient site?
Originally posted by Oannes
That does not look like natural erosion. I see structure, and placement. Reminds me of other megalithic structures around this planet. South America specially. Almost like Puma-Punku.
Originally posted by isyeye
reply to post by micpsi
Look closely at the area within the red box in the picture below...notice how the stones "match" each other. What I am saying is that it would be perfectly natural and acceptable for ancient megalithic builders to take advantage of cracks and the natural formation of stones when assembling their structures. I'm not saying that they built them on the original sites of the stones, but transported them to the building site and re-assembled portions of the stones that fit together well.
As I've mentioned before, this is only a part of the process. Much stone work would have been needed to clean up the lines, and fit pieces together, but it would be completely possible, and most likey what they did to use stones that fit well together because of natural processes. Why would they go through all the unneed work to make two stones fit together when natural already made two other ones work naturally?
...and also, if you look closely...they did use varying sized stones throughout the walls...they used what worked together best to produce the strongest wall.
Look closely at the area within the red box in the picture below...notice how the stones "match" each other. What I am saying is that it would be perfectly natural and acceptable for ancient megalithic builders to take advantage of cracks and the natural formation of stones when assembling their structures.