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The Majestic Guardian Hoodoos of Goblin Valley State Park

Nature is truly a great artist! These rock “goblins” may look like the work of a human artist, but it’s actually made by the wind and sea!

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The natural world is full of wonders that the human mind sometimes can’t fathom. No amount of human labor and technology can create great works of art like Australia’s Ayers rock, the Grand Canyon, and ethereal Aurea Borealis. But there are some works of art by nature that might suggest that She has a sense of humor too!

Goblin Valley is a two by four-mile valley located in Emery Country between Green River and Hanksville, Utah. Its name comes form its numerous hoodoos – sandstone rocks that were eroded by the wind and water into the shapes of mythical creatures like goblins.

The Goblin Valley of Utah is known for its intricate rock formations.

These three goblin hoodoos look like the mighty guardians of the valley.

Of all the formations in the valley, there are three hoodoos that stand out. They’re the huge trio of goblin-like structures atop a narrow ridge. These striking figures look immense amid the flat, grassy lands that stretch for miles around them.

These three goblin hoodoos look like the mighty guardians of the valley.

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You might be wondering how nature could possibly plan out the creation of these goblins, but the explanation is quite simple. These goblins are made of Entrada sandstone, which was deposited during the Jurassic period around 180 to 140 million years ago. This sandstone was right next to an ancient sea.

The ancient sea surrounding these formations have long since dried up, leaving a vast valley of eroded rocks.

The ancient sea surrounding these formations have long since dried up, leaving a vast valley of eroded rocks.

One feature of the Entrada sandstone is that it’s made up of layers of rocks, some easier to erode than others. The softer layers were eroded quickly, leaving behind the harder rock layers, which make up the shape of the goblins.

The rocks are made up of different layers that erode at different paces, making them look like they've been intentionally carved out.

The rocks are made up of different layers that erode at different paces, making them look like they've been intentionally carved out.

Goblin Valley is a secluded area, discovered only in the late 1920s by Arthur Chaffin and his crew. Arthur Chaffin was searching for an alternate route between Green River and Caineville, and that’s when he saw the strange goblin-shaped formations. He named the area Mushroom Valley. He went back to his discovery in 1949 and photographed the intricately sculpted rocks.

It's easy to see how Arthur Chaffin would think that these giant rocks were mushrooms.

It's easy to see how Arthur Chaffin would think that these giant rocks were mushrooms.

The property was later acquired by the state of Utah, and was dubbed the Goblin Valley State Reserve. It was officially recognized as a state park in 1964.

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This Beautiful Island Has Cursed Every Single Owner It Ever Had

Would you agree to owning a luxurious villa on an island in Italy even if it was cursed?

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Those who have enough money to purchase an entire island with a villa on it would jump at the chance to own this duo of serene islets in the Gulf of Naples, Italy. This island, called Gaiola Island or Isola della Gaiola in Italian, is just 30 meters away from the coastline.

But despite its beauty and serenity, the island is uninhabited. Not because of upkeep costs or even harsh weather - but because of the curse that has befallen those who have lived in the island.

The island was originally known as Euplea, and was the site of a small temple dedicated to Venus. Beneath the island are ruins from the time of the Romans. These ruins now belong to the marine creatures below.

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This Traveler Is Set To Become The First Female To Visit Every Country Across The World

With 181 countries down, Cassandra De Pecol only has 15 countries left on the list before she makes it to the Guinness World Records.

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Cassandra De Pecol isn’t your ordinary traveler.

In fact, this 27-year-old woman from Connecticut is set to become the first documented female to have visited all 196 countries across the planet. Pretty amazing, huh?

Well what’s even more impressive about this is that Cassandra will hold the title of being the youngest American and fastest traveler to have accomplished the feat.

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Behind Mount Rushmore is a Vault Called the Hall of Records

There’s a a secret hall behind Mount Rushmore that’s filled with important documents from US history!

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Even though there's no Rushmore depicted in the famous sculpture, the Rushmore name comes from a prominent New York lawyer during an expedition in 1885. Mt. Rushmore's primary intent was to increase tourism in Black Hills, South Dakota.

The project was approved under the term of Calvin Coolidge. It was started in 1927 by lead sculptor Gutzon Borglum and was finished in 1941 with no casualties.

Gutzon Borglum and his team undertook the project to carve out Mt. Rushmore.

Gutzon Borglum and his team undertook the project to carve out Mt. Rushmore.

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