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  1. Top Five Amazing Geological Oddities in the World By: Nicholas Zubrick

  2. 1: United States Death Valley, California, is a place where rocks can be found to move on their own. Surrounding the racetrack are pebbles and boulders strewn all about. Strangely, some of the rocks really do move, though others stay completely still. Nicholas Zubrick

  3. 2: The Richat Structure or “Eye of the Sahara” This impressive sight can be seen in Mauritania, at the south-western tip of the Sahara desert. This land formation is so large, with a diameter of 30 miles, that it can in fact be seen from outer space. Originally, this structure was believed to have been formed by a meteorite impact. Nicholas Zubrick

  4. 3: The Driest Place on Earth, the Atacama Desert The Atacama Desert receives less than 1mm of rain per year and is considered to be the driest place on the planet. The desert is the product of the Andes rain-shadow. The trade winds which move east along South America begin to lose all moisture when they hit the steep slopes of the Andes Mountains. Nicholas Zubrick

  5. 4: The Naica Mine, Cave of Crystals, Mexico These caves, found in a mine in Chihuahua Mexico, have some of the biggest crystals ever discovered and are a spectacular sight. Made of Gypsum, the crystals were allowed to grow unimpeded and hence are worth a mention among the world’s top-most geological oddities. Nicholas Zubrick

  6. 5: The Curtain of Fire, Hawaii During the initial stage of the Puu Oo eruption in January, 1983, these amazing lava fountains erupted first. They later formed a wall of magma 100-160 feet high along the Eastern Rift of Mount Kilauea following a fissure. Nicholas Zubrick