Our trips are still continuing, and now it's time to visit the rocks shaped like an alien landscape, along with TiM - Trips is Me ...
#1. Goblin Valley State Park
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In the Goblin Valley, wind and water have carved a labyrinth of red sandstone.
Along with its neighbor Bryce Canyon National Park, this southern Utah state park has more formations, locally dubbed "goblins," from almost anywhere in the world.
So the alien is the scene he uses, well, as the alien world in the 1999 movie Galaxy Quest.
Recently the victim of vandalism by a Scout leader knocking on one of the multi-million-year goblins, the Goblin Valley, and his distinctive hood-shaped ax remained open for gentle exploration.
#2. Sahara el-Beida (White Desert Park)
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The Sahara el-Beida calcium rock formation emerges from the desert floor like an abstract statue left by an alien race.
Shooting brilliant white, "big rocks" deserts, "mushrooms", and "tents" have been carved by wind and sand for millions of years from prehistoric beds. In 2002, the 1500-square-kilometer site was nicknamed the Egyptian natural wonder.
#3. Chiricahua National Monument
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The terrible rhyolite rock formations of the Chiricahua National Monument are the remains of a volcanic eruption 27 million years ago.
Protected back in 1924, this southeastern Arizona park is famous for its balancing rocks, large boulders lying on top of other formations.
It is also one of the least visited National Parks in the West because of its remote location, a fact that profitable the world of Chiricahua.
#4. Zhang jia jie National Forest Park
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The beautiful enclosed green stone world at Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in Hunan Province, China became the inspiration for Pandora's land in the James Cameron film entitled Blockbuster Avatar.
In real life too, these sand and quartz forests are a place of legend, a crossroads for three ethnic groups - Tujia, Bai, and Miao - and home to monkeys, birds, plants, and flowers.
The formation "grew" over hundreds of miles from a landscape but in Wulingyuan Scenic Area, Huangshizhai-Yellow Stone, Tianzi Mountain, and Yuanjiajie Scenic Area were among the most impressive.
#5. Valley of the Moon, Ischigualasto Provincial Park
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In Quechua, Ischigualasto means "dead land" but millions of years ago, this barren land was full of life - the first house for dinosaurs and, later, some of the earliest species of mammals in the world.
Along with his impressive paleontological record, the barren Moon Valley is adorned with strange supernatural formations, including hoodoos such as "The Submarine" and "Sphynx" and Cancha de Bochas, the mysterious field of cobblestones.
This provincial park and the nearby Talampaya Nature Park were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.
#6. Pinnacles, Nambung National Park
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Three hours north of Perth, the rocks of Nambung National Park overlook Australia's wilderness.
Exactly how the formation formed is a matter of debate.
Some geologists believe that extreme weathering Tamala limestone creates towers; others theorized that they formed around ancient trees or root trunks.
Moving from the yellow sand dunes of Karang Beach, this dry desert remains inhabited year-round by gray kangaroos and emus, which often make an appearance for visitors.
There is no lodging or camping in the National Park. Continue to the town of Cervantes if you plan to stay overnight.
#7. Shilin National Tourist Area
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The Shilin stone forest grew more than 150 square miles of Yunnan Province of China.
Resembling a large cave stalagmite or petrified tree, you'll get the best view of this 270 million-year-old limestone peak in the Greater and Lesser Stone Forests (also known as Lizijing Rock Forests) and the Naigu Stone Forest, named the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.
#8. Bryce Canyon National Park
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One of the most spectacularly strange sights in the world, the Bryce Canyon National Park has been carved slowly from the limestone Paunsaugunt Plateau by winter ice and spring liquefaction for millions of years.
The Paiute Indians hunted and collected seasonally in the Canyon, call their spire-shaped "Legend People" rock formations - humans punished by the Coyote and turned into stone.
The best view of the Bryce formation can be seen from several sighting spots on the main road of the Park, but to experience the Canyon without the crowds, try climbing the 8-mile Fairyland Loop.
#9. Castle Hill
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So it was brought with terrific beauty at Castle Hill during his visit to the southern island of New Zealand in 2002, the Dalai Lama declared this place the "spiritual center of the universe".
Named for its resemblance to a crumbling stone fortress, this monolithic limestone stretch erupts from a view of pasture grazing from sheep grazing sheep.
Located less than two hours west of Christchurch - the historic stone church facade gained from Castle Hill - this unusual world corner is a favorite would place for rock climbers.
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Located at the crossroads of the Classical world, Cappadocia appears in some of the earliest texts in the region, including the Bible.
These days, though, Cappadocia's geological past is arguably more recognizable than its socio-political problem: a fairy chimney, a 130-foot cone-shaped tower formed by the erosion of an ancient lava bed, almost covering the scene.
In the Göreme National Park, you will find the concentration of the dense peak of the tower, many of which still have the mark of human dwellings since the 4th century AD
#11. Drumheller Valley
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At night, the sandstone hoodoos in Alberta's Drumheller Valley came back to protect their land from intruders, at least according to Blackfoot and Cree India traditions.
By day, humans can walk safely between rock giants. Very fragile (geologically), this 5-7 million-year-old formation lies in barren Canadian land bounded by hard rocks that slow their disintegration by wind and water forces.
You will find the most spectacular towers in a protected location, but the smaller Giants brothers can be seen along Highway 10, nicknamed Hoodoos Trail.