WHAT IS MUSHROOM ROCK? The Most Amazing And Unique Mushroom Rocks From All Over The World

Mushroom rocks also referred to as pedestal rocks or rock pedestals, are natural-growing stones with a shape like mushrooms. The mushroom rocks form through a variety of processes. 

Weathering and erosion due to glacial action and wind is the primary reason. However, often it is due to an abrupt disturbance. The mushroom rock looks similar; however, they differ from the yardang.

 Mushroom Rocks in White Desert, Egypt 


Chicken & Mushroom Rock Formation, White Desert, Sahara el Beyda, Egypt
(Photo: Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

It is a mushroom-shaped rock often known as gour, or gara in some areas is a common form of landform with a mushroom shape, primarily located in semi-desert or desert areas. At an average of between two and three feet (0.6 to 0.9 millimeters) from the ground, the wind transports all the material. 

Therefore, during abrasion, wind strikes an exposed rock surface , and polishes or scratches it. In certain instances, rugged and soft rocks are arranged horizontally, one next to the other, resulting in this type of erosion. The water that flows through it can also degrade similarly, as in the case of the mushroom rock found in Timna Park, Israel.

There are many different mushroom rocks found all over the world. Here are some of the most famous mushrooms from around the globe in the order listed below.


Mushroom Rock in the White-Desert of Egypt (Credit:- getty-images)

Many millions of years ago, there was an oceanic bed in the desert. After breaking through the plateau, the ocean receded, and the layers formed by sedimentary rocks became exposed.


Mushroom Rock Formations, White Desert, Sahara el Beyda, Egypt (Photo: Education Images/Universal Images Group via GettyImages)


Mushroom Rock Formations, White Desert (Sahara el Beyda), Egypt (Contributor: Petr Svarc / Alamy Stock Photo)

 Mushroom Rock State Park, Kansas, United States 

Mushroom Rock State Park situated inside the Smoky Hills region in north-central Kansas is well-known for its mushroom rock formations. 

They are the remains of beach-sands and sediments from the Cretaceous Period, about 144 to 6 million years ago. The Mushroom Rocks are formed by condensing sedimentary and sandstone rock by cementing the agent, calcium carbonate.



Mushroom Rocks State Park, Dakota-Sandstone-Formations, Kansas (Credit:- John Coletti)

 Ciudad Encantada, Cuenca, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain 

The Ciudad Encantada (Enchanted City) is a geology site in Cuenca’s vicinity in Spain. There are erosive forces, such as weathering and the water from the adjacent Jucar River, which have created distinct shapes in the rocks. 

The formations are comprised of limestone and dolomite in the Cretaceous period, which was about 90-million-years ago.


Ciudad Encantada, Cuenca Province, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain. Karstic-rock formation. This one, called El-Tormo-Alto, is a symbol of the Ciudad-Enca (Credit:- Classic Image / Alamy Stock Photo)


Ciudad Encantada (Enchanted City) rock formations, near Cuenca in Spain (Credit: Ellen van Bodegom/gettyimages)


Ciudad Encantada (Enchanted City) rock formations, near Cuenca-in-Spain (Credit:- Ellen van Bodegom/gettyimages)

❹  Goblin Valley State Park, Utah, United States 

Goblin Valley State Park is an official state park in Utah located in the United States. The park has thousands of hoodoos, which are locally known as goblins.



USA, Utah, Goblin-Valley-State Park, Hoodo rocks (Credit:- Bryan Mullennix/gettyimages)

The unique stone shapes found in Goblin Valley are the result of the weathering process of Entrada Sandstone.


Mushroom rock formation in Goblin Valley-State-Park, Utah, United States (Credit:- James-Hager/gettyimages)


USA, Utah, Glowing ‘Mushroom’ Hoodoo in Goblin Valley State Park (Credit: Roycebair/gettyimages)

 ➎  Mushroom Rock in Cappadocia, Turkey 



The temperatures, wind, rainfall, weathering rivers, and snow formed the unique and unusual Cappadocia rock formations. 

Hoodoos and mushroom-shaped rocks can often be found in this region. A few distinctive mushroom rocks can be found in the fairy chimneys around Cappadocia.



Mushroom-shaped rock formation in Cappadocia, Central-Anatolia, Turkey (Credit:- Ayhan Altun/gettyimages)


Hope Well Rocks, aka Flowerpot-Rocks (Credit:- Kenmo/iStock)

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