There is often nothing stranger than what mother nature can create over eons of time. The mushroom stones on the right bank of the river Chulyshman, in the Altai region of Russia, are certainly quite bizarre.
These large rocks have formed in an area known as ”Akkurum” or ‘white rockslide’. The sprout from the mountainside, like sentinels on watch for marauding tribes.
The rocks have layers of varying hardness. This means that the weathering and water erosion that has taken place over time, erodes part of the rock more quickly than others. The results are the mushroom shapes that you see in the images here.
Overlooking the Chulyshman valley, these odd rock structures attract many tourists every year.
They will not be around for ever however. Geologists state that the rocks will continue to erode and will eventually disappear.
This will take centuries of course. However, in the long narrative that the rocks have had so far, they are now very much into their final chapter.