A giant boulder with a perfect fission in the middle in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has surprised and puzzled Internet pioneers, who are trying to find out what happened.
The huge rock is known as the Al-Naslah Rock. It is made of sandstone and is located in the Tayma Oasis, northwest of Saudi Arabia.
The rock is 30 feet high and 25 feet wide and bears an inscription showing what is believed to be a man riding a horse.
However, it’s not the rock carvings that attract the crowds, but rather the split in the middle that looks like it’s been cut by a laser beam.
The Rock divided the opinions of Reddit users, who were joking about aliens doing it, claiming that the split was so subtle and smooth that it must have been the result of an alien visit to Earth in the distant past.
This group of conspiracy theorists have speculated that the split may have arisen when an alien “tampered with a super laser pointer on a planet at random, and accidentally cut the rock in half”.
Another theory suggests that ancient civilizations were more advanced than previously thought. One YouTube video speculates that the formation is evidence of early “high tech”.
But, according to geologist Sherry Lewis, the cleavage is actually a natural phenomenon, which indicates that it is likely caused by weather factors “melting ice.”
“It is possible that the split formed due to a process called freeze-thaw weathering, which occurs when water hits a small crack in the rock,” Lewis, an honorary research fellow at the University of Bristol, told the Daily Mail.
“As temperatures drop, the water freezes and expands, causing the fissure to widen and lengthen. When the ice melts, the water works its way deeper into the fissure.”
Lewis explained that the process then repeated itself, over thousands or even millions of years, until the rock eventually split.
“This process, along with wind erosion, which is similar to sandblasting in a desert environment, could also explain why the rock stood alone in this way.”
Lewis indicated that she does not rule out the involvement of humans in the matter, saying: “Given that previous civilizations created Stonehenge and the carvings on Easter Island with the simplest tools, it seems likely that (the blade rock) was man-made.”
Geologist and geophysicist Professor Tim Reston, of the University of Birmingham, also shared his thoughts on the strange formation, saying that the split is “most likely a crack, a natural fracture in the rock usually caused by the release of pressure and expansion, and formed when a layer of rock was within another layer, and is now left exposed due to erosion of the surrounding areas.
The rock formation is an eight-hour drive from Riyadh and can be reached by car. Archaeological excavations in the area revealed flint dating back to the fourth millennium BC.
Tayma was rich in history, and the residence of the Babylonian King Nabonidus in the middle of the sixth century BC.
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