Wednesday, June 13, 2012

GEOLOGICAL WONDERS ... CHOCOLATE HILLS, PHILIPPINES

 

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Covering more than 50 square miles in the province of Bohol in the Philippines is the geological creation called the Chocolate Hills. These hills are not chocolate with all the hills, according to some estimates number from 1268 to 1776, look chocolate-brown in the dry season.

Chocolate Hills is the third National geological monument in the Philippines, and they are depicted on the flag of the province of Bohol. Chocolate Hills are the perfect uniform shape and the height is about 30-50 m.

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Amongst the legends that explain the formation of the Chocolate Hills are these two. The first tells the story of two feuding giants who hurled rocks, boulders, and sand at each other. The fighting lasted for days, and exhausted the two giants. In their exhaustion, they forgot about their feud and became friends, but when they left they forgot to clean up the mess they had made during their battle, hence the Chocolate Hills.

A more romantic legend tells of a giant named Arogo who was extremely powerful and youthful. Arogo fell in love with Aloya, who was a simple mortal. Aloya's death caused Arogo much pain and misery, and in his sorrow he could not stop crying. When his tears dried, the Chocolate Hills were formed

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