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Rainbow mountains
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Thousands of tourists from around the world gather in the Zhangye Dandia Landform Geological Park in Gansu, China, to marvel at the beauty of the Rainbow Mountains, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 2009.

These Rainbow Mountains, as people call them, are believed to be the same mountains that are mentioned in the Quran which are of different shades present on the surface of planet Earth.

Here is what the Quran says,

“Do you not see that Allah sends down rain from the sky, and We produce thereby fruits of varying colours? And in the mountains are tracts, white and red of varying shades and (some) extremely black” (Surah Fathir verse 27)

Taking a view of these mountains from Google Earth, here is what we find:

rainbow mountains
Google Earth view of Rainbow Mountains

Yes, white and red, and of varying shades!

The reason behind the varying colours of these mountains:

Well, it is believed that over the course of millions of years, several layers of rocks of different types were formed over one another.

These include the red sandstone and several other colourful mineral deposits. Eventually, due to the a great force of tectonic plates some 40 to 50 million years ago, an Island collided with Eurasia, which later was known to be India.

The impact took place over about 50 million years, and the geographical region was drastically changed. Several mountain ranges were created during this rift, including the Himalayas.

The hidden beauty of the world:

Its absolutely crazy, to think of it, that there is so much about this world we still don’t know about!

The Lord has indeed made this planet extremely beautiful.

“Soon we will show then Our signs in the regions (of the earth) and in their own souls, until in becomes manifest to them that this (Quran) is the Truth. Is it not enough that thy Lord doth witness all things?” (Surah Fusshilat verse 53)

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