See The Rock Formation That Has Stunned The World

Al-Naslaa looks like a perfectly sliced cake, with one half standing tall and the other half split neatly down the middle.

By Wendy Hernandez | Published

Al Naslaa

Are you a fan of natural wonders? Do you love marveling at the beauty of the world around you? Then you absolutely have to see the rock formation that has stunned the world: Al-Naslaa.

Located in Saudi Arabia, Al-Naslaa is a stunning rock formation that has captured the imagination of people worldwide. But what makes it so unique? Well, for one thing, it’s split in two.

That’s right, Al-Naslaa looks like a perfectly sliced cake, with one half standing tall and the other half split neatly down the middle. The 6-meter (20-foot) high boulders rest on two natural pedestals, giving the impression that they are nearly levitating in perfect harmony with one another because they do not lean into their narrow division and touch. It’s an incredible sight to behold and one that has puzzled geologists for years.

So, How Did This Amazing Formation Come to Be?

It isn’t easy to accept that the Al Naslaa Rock Formation formed randomly; however, according to an article from IFLScience, most scientific explanations for its existence revolve around the natural weathering process.  And there are quite a few theories. One theory is that the boulder is located on a fault line, and the split was formed as the ground beneath the rocks changed, forcing it to split in half at a weak point.

However, the idea that a process known as “differential weathering” was to blame for the split may be the most intriguing one. This occurs when different rock parts are exposed to varying types of weathering and erosion. Experts believe that in the case of Al-Naslaa, cracks and fissures undermined the rock’s structure before erosion led it to split precisely in two.

Whatever the cause, there’s no denying that Al-Naslaa is a true wonder of nature. And if you’re planning a trip to Saudi Arabia, it’s worth visiting.

How to Get to Al-Naslaa

Located in the Tayma Oasis of Saudi Arabia, the Al Naslaa Rock Formation is a remote wonder that requires a lengthy journey across challenging terrain to reach. The nearest major city is Tabuk, which is served by the Tabuk Regional Airport. From there, transportation can be arranged to the Tayma Oasis, roughly 93 miles away. To ensure your safety and help navigate the path, travel experts recommend hiring a local guide.

But even if you can’t make it to Al-Naslaa, there are plenty of other incredible rock formations to see around the world. From the towering spires of Utah’s Bryce Canyon to the bizarre hoodoos of Cappadocia, Turkey, there’s no shortage of natural wonders to marvel at.

People have long been drawn to rock formations. They are a tribute to nature’s strength and the wonders it can generate. The towering cliffs, odd formations, and distinctive shapes are a visual feast and a reminder that the world is full of surprises. So, whether you’re a geology enthusiast or just someone who appreciates the beauty of the natural world, be sure to add Al-Naslaa and other stunning rock formations to your must-see list.