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9 famous rocks from around the world

By: Matt Hickman on May 5, 2016, 1:55 p.m.
Haystack Rock on Cannon Beach in Oregon

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Rocks of ages

Here at MNN, we have a thing for strange, beautiful, photogenic and one-of-a-kind rock formations. Each astounding in their own right, these Mother Nature-crafted wonders, many of them showcased within national or state parks, never fail to thrill and prompt the question: "How in the world did that happen?"

And then there are a few rocks that belong in an entirely different league — singular stones and slabs that transcend cool-to-look-at status and boast notable cultural or historic significance. Massive, medium-sized and occasionally puny, these are rocks that are worshiped, revered and that have changed the course of history; rocks that have been kissed, kidnapped and landed upon; rocks equipped with their own myths and mysteries; rocks with above-average Yelp ratings and notable Hollywood pedigrees; rocks that need little to no explanation.

These, folks, are the rock stars of the geologic world.

With an eye toward historic importance and pop culture prowess, we've rounded up nine of the world's most iconic rocks, stones and monoliths from across the world. Now let's get rockin' shall we?