The striking sandstone spires of Zhangjiajie National Park, China's first UNESCO World Heritage Site, inspired the landscape of Pandora, the setting of James Cameron's Avatar.
Video of the aftermath of a boulder slide on January 21st 2014 in Termeno, Italy. After plowing through a farmhouse (the family living inside was unharmed) the boulder came to rest near another giant rock that rolled down the mountain years ago. Read the rest
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Evan Chapman of the instrumental percussionist trio Square Peg Round Hole says, "Ringing Rocks Park is a 128 acre park located in Upper Black Eddy. Inside the park is an 8 acre field of boulders that, when struck with a hammer, sound resonant and reverberant; almost like a metal pipe. When we discovered Ringing Rocks Park, we knew that it would be an inspiring place for us to write and play music. As percussionists, we are always searching for unorthodox sound sources, and are often finding new instruments in unexpected places. We traveled to Ringing Rocks Park with filmmaker Kevin Eikenberg and documented the writing process of a song played solely on boulders." Read the rest
Over at Weird Universe, Alex posted his fun photos from the San Diego County Fair of "an exhibit of rocks that look like food." Read the rest
The origin of this "large face" on the side of a cliff remains unknown. Read the rest
In 2002 a 25-year-old NASA intern named Thad Roberts stole 17 pounds of moon rocks so he could have sex on the moon with his girlfriend. After he was caught selling the used rocks on the Internet, he spent 100 months in prison. Live Science interviewed Roberts in 2011.
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What was it like to possess those moon rocks? Was the experience worth the consequences? Time is the most valuable asset of the human experience. I, like many others, am filled with awe when I reflect upon how those rocks demonstrate humanity's limitless potential, or when I ponder the romantic expression that they poetically embody. But that awe does not live within those rocks. It belongs to all of us. From experience I can say that there are more appropriate, and more productive, ways to come face-to-face with our magnificent insignificance than stealing a piece of the moon. You can ponder the vast reaches of space and time as you peer through a telescope at Orion's Great Nebula, or you can simply breathe in the experience of being in love. Whatever you do, don't repeat my mistakes.