Quartz (Amethyst-Smoky Scepter Crystal). Location of mineral deposit: Little Gem Mine, Upper Rader Creek, Jefferson County, Montana. Description: Large scepter formation of a transparent dark-smoky quartz crystal 70 mm long with a larger 40 mm cap of a transparent purple amethyst crystal.
This dramatic picture by Michael Nolan has been dubbed the face of Mother Nature crying on a canvas of melting ice and cascading water on a Norwegian Glacier. Randy Schutt discovered this amazing photo of a crying face in an ice cap located on Nordaustlandet, in the Svalbard archipelago. The tears of this natural sculpture created by a waterfall of glacial water, paints an poignant reminder of the effects of warming in the ice caps of the north.
http://www.weather.com/travel/news/strange-wonders-photos Gateway to the underworld? Located in Florence, Oregon near Cape Perpetua, Thor's Well is a gaping sinkhole in Cook's Chasm with waves that can reach a height of 20 feet. While beautiful, the natural wonder can be dangerous. Sharp rocks are everywhere and a strong surge of water could suck you down into the abyss. (Flickr/Bill Young)