Rock Pillars of Meteora, Greece
Meteora is a spectacular rock formation in the Thessaly region of north-central Greece. These immense pillars represent a geological phenomenon which is essentially unique in the world. A group of monasteries were built on the pillars, six of which remain standing today. Contributor Rickrayfilms treats us to a spectacular aerial tour of the area, which is considered second in importance only to the Holy Mountain of Athos in its importance to Eastern Orthodoxy.
Turkey's Fairy Tale Chimneys
Capadoccia is a major city and tourist destination in Turkey's Central Anatolia region. It is known around the world for its "Fairy Tale" rock formations. These are giant pillars of rock formed by unusual deposition and erosion patterns; they exist across five provinces in the region, southeast of the Turkish capital Ankar . In this video, contributor Turkey Home treats us to an incredibe aerial tour of Cappadocia and its amazing geology, unlike any other in the world.
Colombia's Stone of El Penol
The Rock of Guatape, also known as the Stone of El Penol (Piedra del Penol) is an enormous inselberg (isolated rock) near the towns of Guatape and El Penol in northern Colombia, near the city of Medellin. One of the most recognized sites of Colombia, tourists can climb the 740 steps to reach a viewing area at the summit. Amazingly, the rock was only scaled for the first time as recently as the 1950's. Contributor la.drones used his drone to create this stunning aerial view of the mighty rock.
Formations of Jordan's Wadi Rum Desert
Wadi Rum is a desert valley lying in the southern portion of Jordan. The area is home to some of the most spectacular rock formations anywhere on earth. It was chosen as the primary shooting location for the legendary 1962 Columbia Pictures film Lawrence of Arabia. More recently, Wadi Rum "stood in" for the desert moon of Jedha in the 2015 Star Wars film The Force Awakens. Award winning contributor Fabio Knoll created this marvelous drone's eye view of the great desert.
The Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen) is a major tourist attraction of Rogaland in the southwestern corner of Norway. The top of the rock, which is roughly 600 meters (2000 ft) above the base, is essentially a flat table from which tourists can view the Lysefjord fjord, one of Norway's biggest attractions. Top contributor Grim Berge used a drone to treat us to a spectacular aerial view of this magnificent rock, the shooting location for a key scene in Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018).
Rock Formations in the Libyan Desert
Contributor Naim sh brings us this amazing drone video of some spectacular rock formations in the Libyan desert. The Acacus Mountains begin at Ghat in the country's southwestern corner (near the Algerian border) and extend northward, forming part of the Sahara Desert. The rock formations you'll see in the video host some of the world's most well known pre-historic cave art. With paintings that are as old as 14 millennia, the area has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Saxony, Germany: Bastei Rocks
Contributor Koorosh used a DJI Phantom 4 drone to create this spectacular aerial video of one of the most impressive rock formations in Germany. The Bastei is situated in the state of Saxony in what had been East Germany prior to reunification. The tops of the rocks are almost 200 meters (over 650 ft.) above the Elbe River, in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. The Bastei are one of the major outdoor tourist attractions in eastern Germany, easily accessible from nearby Dresden.
Australia's Babinda Boulders
The Babinda Boulders form a natural pool where three streams come together in the Cairns Region on the northern coast of Queensland, the northeastern state of Australia. Because of the fast-moving currents running over the rocks, the site is sometimes referred to as the Devil's Pool. Contributor Y0shi flew a drone over the Babindas to create an amazing aerial video of one of the world's most distinctive looking rock formations.
England's Jurassic Coast: Old Harry Rocks
Old Harry Rocks sit off the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, England. These giant chalk stones are one of the key sites along the Jurassic Coast, a 150 km (95 mi) stretch along England's South Coast which has been designated by UNESCO World Heritage Natural Site. Contributor Alta Vista Epic Aerials flew a drone over Old Harry Rocks and created this stunning bird's eye view of this natural wonder, one of the most well known natural sights in the United Kingdom.
Rock Waterfall in Southern Mexico
Contributor Postandfly created this spectacular drone video of one of the world's most unusual rock formations. The Hierve el Agua (the "water boils") is a a set of formations that look very much like streams of cascading water. Amazingly so, especially when viewed from an aerial perspective. The pheonenon is caused by streams of spring water that are over-saturated with the mineral calcium carbonate. They are located in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, in the southern region of the country.
New Mexico's Shiprock Formation
Tsé Bitʼaʼí or "rock with wings" in Navajo is a monadnock, rising above the high-desert plains of the Navajo Nation in San Juan County, New Mexico, United States. Shiprock has large religious and historical significance for the Navajo people and has been featured in several prominent movies and novels. It's made up of what remains of the throat of a volcano and was probbably formed 2,500 - 3,000 feet below the Earth's surface, but has been exposed after millions of years of erosion.
Chihuahuan Desert: Valley of the Monks
Contributor Postandfly gives us this drone's eye view of some of the most unusual rock formations on the planet. It's called the Valley of the Monks, and it's in the Chihuahuan Desert, in the Mexican state of the same name. The extreme conditions of the area turned what would have been ordinary looking sedimentary rocks into fantastically shaped formations. The valley, which is also called the Valley of the Gods, is one of the most popular outdoor tourist attractions in northern Mexico.
The Rocks of Moab, Utah
In this video, PK Productions flies his DJI Phantom 4 Professional drone over Moab Canyon in southern Utah, a state i the Southwestern USA. The canyon is known for its gigantic rock formations. The other-worldly look of the canyon, and its resemblance in places to the Grand Canyon, have made it one of the go-to spots for movie shooting locations. Among the well known movies which had scenes shot in Moab Canyon are Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) and Thelma & Louise (1991).
Giant Rocks of the Czech Republic
MDM Drone Studio flew a drone over the Prachov Rocks in the Hradec Králové Region of Bohemia in the north central Czech Republic. The result is a stunning bird's eye view of some of the most unusual rock formations in all of Europe. Here one can find gigantic, spectacular looking rocks with names such as Devil's Kitchen, Leaning Tower, the Elephant, and the Monk. The sandstone rocks sit on what had at one point been a large plateau.
Rock's of France's Normandy Coast
AVEA - Alta Epic Aerials created this stunning drone video of one of a site which played a key part in one of France's greatest mysteries. Étretat is a small community on Normandy's Atlantic Coast. In May, 1927, a plane called the White Bird took off from Étretat bound for New York. The plane, piloted by two famous French World War I aces, disappeared without a trace and has never been found. They had been seeking the Orteig prize, which was awarded to the USA's Charles Lindbergh weeks later.
Lebanon's Raouche Rocks
Contributor Media4Fun created this amazing aerial video of one of the most spectacular rock formations in the Middle East. The Rock of Raouché (also known as Pigeon's Rock) is a giant stone formation which sits just off the coast of a Beirut neighborhood which is named for it. It's one of the highlights of the famously beautiful Lebanese coastline. The Raouché neighborhood of Beirut is one of its more upscale, and its cafes along the Avenue de Paris amongst the most well known in the city.
Rock Formations in the Australian Mountains
Contributor lewis blackburn media is literally over the edge in this drone footage of Australia's Blue Mountains in the state of New South Wales. The massive rock face he sits upon drops straight down into the mossy landscape below with a trickling waterfall flowing beside it. His aerial shots pan across to capture the Three Sisters sandstone formations that are one of the main distinctive features of the landscape in this Drone Video of the Week nominated video.
Spain's Sierra del Torcal Mountains
Spain's Malaga province is situated along the country's southern Mediterranean coastline in its autonomous Andalusia region, just to the east of the Cadiz province. The inland portions of Malaga include the Sierra del Torcal Mountains, a range which is known in part for its magnificent karst rock formations. In this video, contributor Jonatan_Joy brings us an epic drone video of El Torcal de Antequera, a large nature reserve in these spectacular Andalusian mountains.
Taiwan's Elephant Trunk Rock
Contributor BestdayEver brightened our day with this amazing drone video of a famous rock formation on the island nation of Taiwan. The Shen’ao Elephant Trunk Rock is situated on the coast of the Ruifang District of New Tapei City, the administrative area which covers much of northern Taiwan. As you can see from the video, the name of the rock is quite appropriate - it really does resemble an elephant's trunk. The rock and nearby fishing village lie beneath Mt. Shen'ao.
Bulgaria's Pyramids of Stob
Parts of Bulgaria are home to some of Europe's most spectacular rock formations. An example is the Pyramids of Stob, which are "hoodoos" or "fairy tale chimney" formations similar to those found in Turkey's Central Anatolia region. They are located in the foothills of the Rila Mountain range, the highest sub-range of the Balkan Mountains. In this video, you'll get a great bird's eye view of these magnificent structures, a product of some of the unique geology of Bulgaria.
Big Crater in Israel's Negev Desert
The desert areas of southern Israel are home to some of the world's most unusual rock formations. One of these is the HaMakhtesh HaGadol ("Big Crater") in the Negev Desert. It's actually not a volcanic crater but rather a makhtesh, a landform which is caused by unusual erosion patterns and which is almost unknown outside of southern Israel and the Sinai Peninsula. In this video, Ori Feldman used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create an epic aerial video of a hike on this amazing formation.
Kjerag: Norway's Suspended Boulder
Kjeragbolten is one of the world's most famous boulders. It's wedged into a crevice of a mountain of the same name in Rogaland County of Western Norway. It is suspended almost a kilometer (about 3.2k ft.) above the ground below, seemingly forever. The rock was deposited during a glacial cycle which occurred about 50,000 years ago. The rock is a popular attraction, as is BASE jumping from the cliff here. Get a bird's eye view of the famous rock, compliments of contributor and drone pilot Børge.
"Lion Rocks" of British Columbia
Seen from almost any point in Vancouver, the pointed rock formations known as The Lions are a familiar landmark in British Columbia, Canada and have provided inspiration in the naming of the local CFL football team, as well as Lion's Gate Entertainment. Although the hiking can be a bit risky, they both remain popular spots for enthusiasts like Pasquale Josepe, who, fortunately for us, also packed his drone to capture his own adventure. Watch it now to enjoy the beautiful aerial views he found!
Bolivia's Colorful Palca Canyon
Bolivia's Palca Canyon is located near the capital city La Paz in the west central portion of this South American country. The canyon is known for its stunning, multicolored rock formations. Contributor JTurner flew his DJI Mavic Pro drone around this expansive canyon, providing us with a spectacular aerial tour of a little seen area of this landlocked nation. The canyon is located just a short distance east of Lake Titicaca, another top natural site in the Andes Mountains region.
Scotland: Hutton's Unconformity
Contributor Play North created this fascinating drone video of one of the world's most studied geological formations. It's called Siccar Point, a mini-peninsula off the North Sea coast of Scotland, just south of the Firth of Forth. In the late 1700's a Scotish geologist named James Hutton used the highly unusual rock formation junction here to advance a theory of basic geological processes that has largely proven out; the rocks of Siccar Point have since been referred to as Hutton's Unconformity.
Cyprus: Aphrodite's Rock
Get a bird's eye view of a very famous rock in this drone video by Markos_026. It's called Aprodite's Rock, and it's off the coast of Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean. Sometimes also called "Rock of the Roman", it's off the coast of Paphos, at the western end of the island. It's closely connected to Greek mythology, as the reputed home of the great goddess of the same name. Technically a sea stack, the natural landmark is considered to be one of the world's most recognized rock formations.
Rocks of the Mojave Desert
Panvelvet is one of the more creative artists we have on AirVuz.com, frequently capturing captivating images, then using that powerful imagery to tell an entertaining narrative. This Drone Video of the Week is no exception. It was shot in a number of spots in throughout Southern California, but the focus of the video is the Trona Pinnacles, an other-worldly looking set of rock formations that are part of the California Desert National Conservation Area in the Mojave Desert.
Cornwall, England: Rouche
Cloudpixel created this remarkable drone video of a famous rock in Southwestern England. It's a granite outcrop called Rouche, and it's located near a town named after it in County Cornwall. The rock stands about 20 meters (66 ft.) tall and is of great interest to geologists due to its unusual chemical makeup. Atop the rock is a ruined chapel, believed to once be the home of a leper. Roche is located about midway between Cornwall's northern and southern coastlines.
Devil's Tower, Western USA
Contributor Ryan Jones created this drone video of the Wyoming landmark, Devil's Tower, which is a rock formation in the northeast region near the Bear Lodge Mountains. The mountains are part of the Black Hills range of South Dakota, and the entire area is part of the Great Plains system which covers much of the west-central United States. The unique butte was featured prominently in the 1977 blockbuster movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind, including in its climactic final scene.
Germany's Mighty Falkenstein
Top contributor Ludoweet created this beautiful drone video of a well known rock formation in eastern Germany. Falkenstein is located in the Thuringian Forest, which covers much of the state of Thuringia (one of the former German Democratic Republic states). The rocks, which are made of an igneous rock called Porphyry, stand 96 meters (about 315 ft.) tall. First scaled in the early 19th century, the rocks are a popular climbing spot in this part of the country, sometimes called Swiss Saxony.
World's Biggest Rock
There are big rocks and then there are BIG rocks. This one is definitely the latter. It's called Giant Rock, and there is no false advertising here. Situated in California's Mojave Desert, it was believed to be the largest freestanding boulder in the world. The past tense is due to the fact that a large chunk of it broke off in 2000, enough to dethrone its position as the World's Biggest Rock. Contributor and drone pilot tglass0000 brings us this beautiful aerial view of Giant Rock, which stands seven stories tall.
Australia's Canal Rocks
Sky Perth created this beautiful drone video of some stunning rocks near the southwestern corner of Australia. The Canal Rocks lie just a few km off the coast of Yallingup, a town on the southern part of the Indian Ocean coastline of the state of Western Australia. They get their name from the natural "canal" that was formed from the erosion of the granite by the action of the water. Located between Dunsborough and Margaret River, it's one of the more popular sights of southwestern Australia.
Tiger Rock in Southern India
Puligundu is a giant rock mountain in the Chittoor district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Known as the Tiger Rock in Colonial times, the massive structure towers over 300 meters (1,000 ft.) above the surrounding plain. With a Hindu temple at its base, it is a major attraction in this area, which lies in the southern part of the state and is due west of Chennai in Tamil Nadu. In this video from Ajayfashionfly, you can check out this amazing rock formation from a bird's eye perspective.
Shiprock, Southwestern USA
Contributor Azgeek created this epic drone video of Shiprock, one of the world's most recognized rock formations. It's situated in northwestern New Mexico, near the four corners area where the states of New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado all come together. The rock is a volcanic plug which rises just under 500 meters (about 1.6k ft.) above the desert floor. Known as the Winged Rock by the local Navajo Native American's, who consider it sacred.
The USA's Chimney Rock Inselberg
One of the things which makes the USA's Great Plains so spectacular in places are the rock formations and small mountains which seemingly come out of nowhere and dominate the flat surrounding landscape. One of the most famous of these formations (called inselbergs) is called Chimney Rock. It's in western Nebraska, in the heart of the Plains. Check out this drone video of Chimney Rock, the centerpiece of the Chimney Rock National Historic Site, compliments of contributor and drone pilot Balazs.
Spain's Organs of Montoro
The Organs of Montoro (Los Órganos de Montoro) are a group of large limestone rocks in northern Spain. They are situated near the municipality of Villarluengo in Taruel, one of the three provinces which make up the region of Aragon. With huge vertical cliffs, the mountains derive their name from their resemblance to musical organ pipes. In this drone video by Markus Kanal, you'll get an aerial view of these mountains, which have been declared a national monument by Spanish government.
England's Malham Cove
Yorkshire Dales National Park is one of the biggest attractions in Northern England; the North Yorkshire Park will see about 8 million visitors in a typical year. Within the park, one of the most beautiful spots is Malham Cove, a giant rock formation which runs about a kilometer (.6 mi.) through the park. It's appeared in numerous movies, the most famous of which is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010). You can see it from above in this drone video by ckeo99.
Haystack: Seastack in Oregon, USA
Even if you’ve never heard of it, you’re sure to have seen Haystack Rock in Clatsop County, Oregon, USA. The 235-foot (72-meter) sea stack is adjacent to Cannon Beach and is accessible by foot at low tide. It's a popular tourist destination whose rock tide pools are home to starfish, sea anemone, sea slugs, and crabs. Drone pilot johstacy took this 4K, 60 frames per second non-filtered footage of the infamous monolith rock with the Autel EVO drone.
FPV Video from Mussel Rock, California
InspireFPV does just that with this amazing FPV video from a famous rock in the Pacific Ocean just south of San Francisco. Mussel Rock is a "family" consisting of one large rock and several small ones. It sits just off the coast of Daly City, the "suburb" situated just south of San Francisco. The significance of this spot is that it was believed to be the very epicenter of the great 1906 Earthquake which nearly leveled San Francisco and was by some measures the worst natural disaster in American history.