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This awesome skull was carved from an agate geode lined with amethyst crystals. It comes from Brazil, measures 7.6 inches long (from front to back), and weighs 8.3 pounds. Its presence may attract adventuresome fedora-wearing, bullwhip-carrying professors of archaeology to your door. So, if you decide to put it on your mantle, please do the honourable thing and make sure your home is free of snakes.

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[via Lost At E Minor]

Today the Department of Awesome Natural Wonders transports us to the awe-inspiring vistas of China’s Mount Danxia, home of the Danxia Landform or Danxia Scenic Area. The word Danxia means rosy cloud. Located outside Zhangye City in northwest China’s Gansu Province, this amazing landscape is made of colourful layers of red sandstone and conglomerates that were compressed over many millions of years, buckled by tectonic movement, and eroded by eons of wind and rain.

In 2010 the China Danxia was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. We’re pretty sure that some of the photos you seen here have been enhanced to look like something from the Land of Oz. When we look at them we can’t help but think of magnificent mountains made of ribbon candy. Mmm… candy mountains…

Visit The Huffington Post to view even more photos of this awesome region.

[via TYWKIWDBI and The Huffington Post]

Let’s pay a visit to the Department of Awesome Natural Wonders where we’ll learn about a place called Brimham Moor in North Yorkshire, England. It’s home to a number of balancing rock formations “caused by the Millstone Grit being eroded by water, glaciation and wind,” over the course of many millenia.

The astonishing stone formation seen in these photos is called Idol Rock, a 15-foot-high, 200-ton monolith that balances perfectly atop a tiny pyramidal base.

"…the giant rock formation has been performing its amazing balancing act for as long as anyone can remember, defying the laws of physics and leaving the visitors of Brimham Moor scratching their heads in awe. Also known as The Druids Idol or The Druid’s Writing Desk, this unique attraction sits on a tiny lump of rock only one foot in circumference. Photos of it have been circulating on the internet for years, with many claiming it is just the result of Photoshop manipulation, but the Idol of Brimham is very real, an example of Mother Nature’s artistic talent."

Visit the Brimham Rocks website to learn more about this amazing place.

Photos by Oliver C. Wright, binleeee, and Soda Head respectively.

[via Oddity Central]

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Science + Dessert = Awesome

Rhiannon is a self-taught cook located in Melbourne, Australia who shares her culinary adventures with a blog entitled Cakecrumbs. This beautiful Earth Structural Layer Cake is her most recent creation and was made for her sister:

"A little while ago, my sister approached me with an idea. She’s doing an education degree, and her and her friends had to give a series of lessons on the geological sciences to a class of primary school kids. One of their lessons involved teaching the kids about the structure of the Earth. One of her friends came up with the idea of presenting a model of the Earth made out of cake. So my sister asked me if I could make a spherical cake with all the layers of the Earth inside it.

I told her I couldn’t do it. “How do you get a sphere inside a sphere inside a sphere?” I recall saying. “Oh yeah,” she replied, realising what it would involve.

I spent the rest of the afternoon thinking about it. I don’t admit defeat. Ever. But especially not with cake. Nothing is impossible is pretty much my baking motto, so to say this cake was impossible left me feeling weird. There had to be a way. A way that didn’t involve carving or crumbing the cake. I kept mulling it over until I had a breakthrough.”

Nothing is impossible where cake is concerned! Visit Cakecrumbs find out how Rhiannon created this tasty model of our home planet.

(Earth diagram via Wikipedia)

[via Neatorama]

Paige Smith, an artist who works under the moniker A Common Name, creates awesome 3D street art installations in the form of resin sculptures that mimic crystals and other geological formations. The walls of brick buildings, drainpipes, and other ordinary public structures and surfaces appear to contain beautiful geodes - Urban Geodes. These enchanting installations have been embedded throughout Los Angeles and Paige has mapped their locations on the A Common Name website.

“‘Geodes’ in the city and the ones you find in nature have a parallel aspect — they are unexpected treasures,” said A Common Name. “You might go hunting for treasures but you generally happen upon them during your adventures or casual interaction with the environment. I enjoy the fact that many people will not notice these, but some astute people will; that these will not last forever and the weather will affect them as naturally as it might in nature.”

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From the Department of Awesome Natural Wonders comes this impressive geological formation - an enormous rock perfectly balanced atop a smooth mound. Located deep inside the forests of Finland, the balancing rock is called Kummakivi:

"There is still no scientific explanation for how the rock, whose given name translates as ‘strange rock’ in Finnish, has wound up in such a perplexing position."

However it happened, it’s a pretty awesome sight. But we don’t recommend standing under it for too long.

[via My Modern Metropolis]