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What the Heck Is This?

If you've seen this in person, you probably know exactly what it is. If not, it could be a puzzler.

One hint: It's a close crop of a somewhat well-known landform. Another hint: The image was taken at sunrise.

Yeah, that's not much help. See the full image and description below …

The photo is of a rock formation called Thor's Hammer in Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. The wild spires at Bryce are called "hoodoos," an they're rampant in what looks like a giant natural amphitheater. They over millions of years as ice and rainwater wore away the weak limestone in the mix of rock, leaving some improbable formations.

This iconic, balanced rock in Bryce Canyon is called Thor's Hammer. In Norse mythology, Thor is the god of thunder, and his hammer is a feared weapon that can wipe out mountains, or at least make a racket. (Image credit: NPS)

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Robert Roy Britt
Rob was a writer and editor at starting in 1999. He served as managing editor of Live Science at its launch in 2004. He is now Chief Content Officer overseeing media properties for the sites’ parent company, Purch. Prior to joining the company, Rob was an editor at The Star-Ledger in New Jersey, and in 1998 he was founder and editor of the science news website ExploreZone. He has a journalism degree from Humboldt State University in California.