Sunday, 16 November 2014

The Chocolate Hills of Bohol, Philippines

Chocolate Hills - The most famous tourist attraction on the island of Bohol, Philippines. There are at least 1,260 hills but there may be as many as 1,776 hills spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometres. Chocolate Hills. They are covered in green grass that turns brown "like chocolate" during the dry season, hence the name.

Chocolate Hills - The most famous tourist attraction on the island of Bohol, Philippines.
What is the origin of these amazing shapes that are so similar to the huge hills in the form of chocolate truffle candies or haystacks. Local residents have the answer to this question has many legends, such as one of them said that these hills are the result of the battle of two giants that many days were throwing stones at each other and sand. In the end, the Giants made it up and left the island, leaving behind a "mountain" of stones and sand. For a more romantic natures, there is another legend - young and strong giant Arogo loved the mortal girl named Scarlet, after her death Arogo long time to kill and wept, his tears turned into hills - evidence of its inescapable grief. [First Image credit zheck1]

Chocolate Hills are featured in the provincial flag and seal to symbolize the abundance of natural attractions in the province.
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However, despite the huge number of legends, And now with the legends finished, go serious scientific research. So the first version says that this natural landscape was formed during the rise of coral deposits due to exposure to rainwater and soil erosion. And perhaps this is the eruption of an ancient volcano. The eruption of huge conglomerates formed stones, covered with limestone later. The third alleges that the grassy hills were once the ocean floor with old limestone deposits that are a result of lowering the level of the sea were on land. A wind and water for many centuries gave them a cone shape. These are the hypotheses in science here, but one thing is for sure, scientists know - it is not man-made structure, is beyond the power of man, according to scientists at him would have gone a lot more power, human resources and construction materials than the erection of the Egyptian pyramids.

Chocolate Hills are featured in the provincial flag and seal to symbolize the abundance of natural attractions in the province.
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Chocolate Hills are featured in the provincial flag and seal to symbolize the abundance of natural attractions in the province. They are in the Philippine Tourism Authority's list of tourist destinations in the Philippines, they have been declared the country's third National Geological Monument and proposed for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Chocolate Hills - The most famous tourist attraction on the island of Bohol, Philippines.
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Chocolate Hills - The most famous tourist attraction on the island of Bohol, Philippines.
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Chocolate Hills - The most famous tourist attraction on the island of Bohol, Philippines.
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Chocolate Hills - The most famous tourist attraction on the island of Bohol, Philippines.
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Chocolate Hills - The most famous tourist attraction on the island of Bohol, Philippines.
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Chocolate Hills - The most famous tourist attraction on the island of Bohol, Philippines.
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Chocolate Hills - The most famous tourist attraction on the island of Bohol, Philippines.
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Chocolate Hills - The most famous tourist attraction on the island of Bohol, Philippines.

Source — Wikipedia | Bohol

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