Can You Name These Geographical Formations?

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Kennita Leon

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Geographical formations or features exist in two forms: man-made and natural creations. The natural geographical formations include ecosystems and landforms such as the Karst towers in China and the Great Smoky Mountains in the USA. Natural land forms include elements such as mountains, volcanoes, hills, cliff and valleys, all of which you'll find in this quiz. 

Man-made or artificial geographical formations or features, on the other hand, can be settlements or engineered constructs like dams, bridges and airports.  And while these are interesting in their own right, they don't make too many appearances in this quiz (that was a hint for you!). 

We've searched the world for some of the most famous and well-visited sites and come up with more than a few locations with amazing geographical formations. They include locations such as Pamukkale, Skaftafell, the Grand Canyon, the Great Blue Hole, the Devil's Tower and the Door to Hell, as well as Fingal's Cave. 

So, if you think you're enough of a world traveler to identify these places from a single picture, go ahead and take a stab at this quiz. Not only will it challenge you, but it'll show just how much you've been paying attention to some of the most beautiful and naturally-created places in the world. 

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Found along the Otago coast of New Zealand, the Moeraki boulders, so named due to their proximity to Moeraki, are large, spherical boulders exposed by erosion of mudstone.

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Lying on the border of Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana, Mount Roraima is a tepui plateau believed to have been formed over two billion years ago.

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The northern part of the Afar Triangle found in Ethiopia, the Danakil Depression was the result of tectonic plate divergence, inundation by the sea and erosion.

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Situated in the Arabian Sea and considered "the most alien-looking place on earth" due to its unique plant life, the island of Socotra is the largest of four islands which form the Socotra archipelago.

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Created by sandstorms in Farafra, Egypt, the White Desert, a popular destination among school-goers in the area, constitutes of remarkable chalk formations of white and cream.

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Discovered by explorer Anni B Stefansson in 1974, the Thrihnukagigur volcano of Iceland is a dormant volcano of 32,500 square feet.

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A marvelous collection of natural, overlaying thermal pools, Pamukkale is a World Heritage Site and popular tourist attraction.

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Formed by the erosion of hardened ash, the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia were originally carved and used as a refuge by persecuted Christians.

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The Jeita Grotto, found in Lebanon, consists of two limestone caves more than nine kilometers in length. The world's largest stalactite is found here.

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As legend tells it, the basalt pillars, which form the Giant Causeway on the coast of Ireland, are the remains of a causeway built by giant Fionn mac Cumhaill.

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Created by the erosion of red sandstone, the Danxia Landform, also known as "the eye candy of Zhangye," is made up of several red cliffs and colorful strata.

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Once a thriving farming area, Skaftafell landscape, which strongly resembles the Alps, was formed by a combination of volcanic eruptions and water.

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Named after Fly Ranch, Nevada, where it is situated, the remarkable Fly Geyser was created by accident in 1964. The geyser has continued to grow since then.

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Hailed as one of the seven wonders of nature in 2012, the Puerto Princes Underground River is an underground river 8.2km in length.

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Found in China, the Reed Flute Cave or "Palace of Natural Arts" is a limestone cave formed millions of years ago. It is named after the flute reeds which grow at the entrance.

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A popular attraction in the United States, the Grand Canyon was created by the erosion of layers of rock by the Colorado River which runs through it.

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The term fumaroles is used to refer to several steam vents which can be found in the Yellowstone National Park.

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The world's largest ice cave found in Austria, the World of Ice Giants is known in German as Eisriesenwelt. It is a natural limestone and ice cave.

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Located in Mono County, California, after which it is named, the Mono Lake is a large saline lake. As a result of the accumulation of salt, the lake is also alkaline.

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Traditionally believed to have been created by the Rainbow Serpent, the Wave Rock of Perth, Australia is a towering wall similar in appearance to a breaking wave.

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A World Heritage Site, the Great Blue Hole is a large submarine sinkhole formed thousands of years ago by quaternary glaciation. It is found off the coast of Belize.

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Reaching a marvelous 867 feet in height, Devil's Tower, also known as the Bear Lodge Butte, is found in Wyoming. It got its name from misinterpretation.

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The ice towers of Eremus are ice caves which form around fumaroles found on Mount Erebus, the tallest and most active volcano of Antarctica.

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Intersecting troughs formed by erosion, The Wave found in Arizona is a popular destination for photographers and hikers due to its artistic appearance and difficult trail.

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A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Ha Long Bay consists of several limestone karsts and isles. It lies between the Bia Tu Long Bay and Cat Ba Island.

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Carved by and named after Hugh Gibson, the Gibson Steps are situated in the cliff along the Australian coast where the Twelve Apostles are located.

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Formed by weathering and active faults millions of years ago, the Bungle Bungle Range is a collection of sandstone domes.

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Discovered by brothers Eloy and Javier Delgado, the Cave of Crystals, Mexico despite being a natural wonder, is not a popular tourist attraction due to its high internal temperature.

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A galaxy on land, the Richat Structure, or Eye of Sahara as it is more commonly known, is an eroded, geological dome of igneous rock.

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Distinguished by sharp limestone formations needle-like in shape, the Tsingy de Behamara were formed by vertical and horizontal erosion.

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Ablaze since 1991, the Door to Hell or Gate of Hell is a crater of natural gas (methane) found in Turkmenistan. The gas was ignited to prevent it from spreading.

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Situated in the village of Punakaiki, New Zealand, the Pancake Rocks are an area of eroded limestone through which blowholes form during high tide.

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What may appear as a group of normal hills during the wet season, the Chocolate Hills turn into a chocolate brown during the dry season.

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A picturesque scene often used in movies to represent western America, the Monument Valley found along the Utah-Arizona border features several sandstone buttes of great heights.

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The Bryce Canyon National Park is perhaps best-known for the Bryce Canyon; a collection of amphitheaters created by the weathering and erosion of sedimentary rock.

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One of the world's largest lithium reserves, the Salar de Uyuni found in Bolivia is the world's largest salt flat.

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A collection of vertical columns found in Namibia, the Twyfelfontein Organ Pipes were formed by molten rock.

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A collection of hexagonal, basalt columns, Fingal's Cave found on the Island of Staffa, Scotland, is a sea cave discovered in 1772.

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The Na Pali Coast first settled by Polynesians in 1200 AD is found along the coast of the oldest inhabited island of Hawaii; Kaua'i.

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A group of limestone formations, the Stone Forest or Shilin of China was so named due to the similarity between the rocks and petrified trees.

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