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The Storr, a rock outcrop on the Isle of Skye, Scotland
The Storr, a rock outcrop on the Isle of Skye, Scotland (© Juan Maria Coy Vergara/Getty Images)
The Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK
Scotland's often supernatural-seeming landscapes are suitable backgrounds for folklore and culture. The Storr—a 49-metre-tall rocky pinnacle on the Isle of Skye—is no exception, as it resembles a craggy old man when viewed from the right angle. The Old Man of Storr is a towering basalt rock formation that was formed about 60 million years ago when a massive landslip occurred, leading to lava flowing onto the weaker sedimentary Jurassic rock beneath it, which resulted in the creation of cliffs along the coastline of Trotternish Ridge in Scotland's hillside. Iconic Hollywood films such as 'Prometheus' and 'Snow White and the Huntsman' were shot at the Storr in Scotland.
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