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Ancient rock formation is split perfectly in two

By T.K. Randall
September 17, 2021 · Comment icon 25 comments

How exactly did this rock get cut in two so precisely ? Image Credit: YouTube / Anand Kumar Rudra
The 4,000-year-old rock formation known as Al Naslaa is split so perfectly that it almost looks laser cut.
Situated in Saudia Arabia's Tayma Oasis, this enigmatic sandstone rock - which consists of two precisely split boulders balanced on a naturally-formed pedestal - has been wowing visitors to the region for thousands of years.

What makes it so intriguing is the fact that the split between the two boulders is so perfectly straight that it looks as though it must have been created using modern laser-cutting tools.

While some people believe that Al Naslaa is evidence of ancient technology or alien visitors, however, most archaeologists agree that the split was caused naturally, most likely by tectonic movements.
It is also possible that it was formed as a result of ancient volcanic activity.

Whatever the case, it remains an intriguing spectacle for anyone who happens to come across it.

Source: Oddity Central | Comments (25)

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Comment icon #16 Posted by moonman 3 years ago
Sorry, I'll take the word of archeologists who have studied it up close and say it is natural over the word of some guy on the internet doing nothing but looking at pictures of it.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Trihalo42 3 years ago
Archaeologists afraid to lose their jobs by contradicting the official narrative. Never trust anyone in any field when they would be personally affected. Elon Musk has nothing to lose because he isn't part of any government operation, and look what he tweeted. Congress is all conflicted over a 3rd party not following their official narrative.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Swede 3 years ago
Just a note. The formation in question falls much more under the purview of geologists as opposed to archaeologists. Also note that the formation is pedestaled. This is the result of an erratic which has subsequently had softer materials eroded from around it. Yes, natural. Edit: Phrasing. .
Comment icon #19 Posted by Swede 3 years ago
What official narrative? It is an interesting geological formation. .
Comment icon #20 Posted by XenoFish 3 years ago
Aliens, obviously.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Timothy 3 years ago
How about from this angle? https://geologyscience.com/gallery/al-naslaa-rock/?amp
Comment icon #22 Posted by moonman 3 years ago
Sometimes (make that almost all the time), a broken rock is just a broken rock. 
Comment icon #23 Posted by quiXilver 3 years ago
I don't.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Oniomancer 3 years ago
Otherwise known as a slip fault, or slip joint if it doesn't occur on a faultline proper. The picture in the UM article is confusing as hell because at first glance, there's what appears to be a fracture surface that looks superficially like folded layers running in opposite directions to each other, perpendicular to the true layering as shown in Timothy's post.
Comment icon #25 Posted by Myles 3 years ago
Yep.   I've found many broken rocks in my life.  

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