Al-Naslaa Rock Formation Saudi Arabia Laser
Photo credit: Asad Ansari
Anyone who wanders into the Tayma Oasis in Saudi Arabia’s Tabuk province may stumble upon a bizarre formation, or to be more specific, a 4,000-year-old rock formation. It’s called Al-Naslaa and appears to be laser cut with precision right down the middle. To date, scientists and researchers have not yet been able to confirm how it was formed. The structure consists of two sandstones supported by a naturally-formed pedestal with a perfect cut down the middle. Read more for two videos and additional information.

The exact cause of this precision cut has yet to be determined, whether it be windblown sand and periodic rain or something a lot more technologically advanced. Recently, this attraction has become a hit for social media users speculating that the desert’s ancient inhabitants could have been in contact with intelligent extraterrestrials who used laser beams to cut the rock in half.

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