A traveler may be confused by a variety of natural sights around the world. Al Naslaa Rock Formation, in Saudi Arabia’s Tayma oasis, is one of them.
Al Naslaa is remarkable not only for its shape, position, and age but also for the exact split that divides one side of the formation from the other. While it appears to be a normal fracture in the sandstone’s foundation, the break is so precise and straight that it appears as if the rock was split apart with a laser. Furthermore, the two incredibly hefty sides of the structure appear to balance on little more than thin bits of rock, almost as if they are floating in mid-air.
The boulder split most likely because the earth beneath one of the two supports moved slightly. It’s possible that it was formed by a volcanic dike of a weaker material that crystallized before everything was unearthed. It might also be a pressure crack from the past. It dates back over 4,000 years, and no one truly knows how it came to be.