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The Chocolate Hills are a geological oddity

The Philippines is home to a geological wonder: over a thousand mounds stretching as far as the eye can see. Welcome to the Chocolate Hills.

These conical mounds stretching as far as the eye can see are known as the Chocolate Hills

They get their name from the color of the grass, which turns brown during the dry season. In all, there are 1,776 hills, nearly identical in shape, spread over an area of about 50 km2. To see this geological oddity, you’ll need to visit the island of Bohol, in the Philippines. Legend has it that these hills were formed because of a fight between two giants who threw sand, boulders and rocks at each other.

For scientists, the explanation is more down-to-earth: this formation originated in the sea. About 2 million years ago, the sea covered the area, but following the movement of tectonic plates, the sea retreated, leaving behind an accumulation of coral and shells. Over the centuries, erosion, rain, and wind sculpted these agglomerates into cones ranging from 30 to 50 meters in height.

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01/19/2020 7:39 AM

84 comments

  • Chandra K.
    06/04/2021 15:38

    OMG it's lovely.

  • Jaylord D.
    05/27/2021 06:24

    Actually, I'm living in Bohol and I can testify that aliens built those hills cause I'm one of them. 😃😃😃😃

  • Tibor G.
    05/26/2021 20:07

    It's a very special feeling on the top,, I'll return it to the Philippines soon as possible...

  • Shisir P.
    05/24/2021 12:11

    i have been there, amazing view 😍

  • Oti G.
    05/22/2021 18:21

    I like it is beautifull

  • Daniel K.
    05/18/2021 10:28

    Jan Laurel Have you seen these? 😮

  • Bernabe P.
    05/16/2021 13:54

    I wanna visit back in this place,in all the provinces that I been to here in Philippines, I would say bohol is one of the beautiful island in the country. Specially the land tour. However I'm not really impressed with the island tour since I'm from Palawan, but so far this place is really amazing. Would love to come back here someday.

  • Eyn C.
    05/14/2021 06:07

    Noreen hahahaha

  • Stephen A.
    05/13/2021 18:07

    BS! All the hills are shaped the same through wind and rain!! ??? Doesn’t happen!! They would have different shapes!!

  • Fifi S.
    05/13/2021 14:24

    someday bring me here?

  • Bernadette R.
    05/13/2021 08:31

    Thanks for featuring my home land.

  • Maruti K.
    05/12/2021 17:10

    Use over the hill iron structure as dome &make triangle building with same shape. You can do modern interior. And all will be Hill City. ☺

  • Love R.
    05/12/2021 13:46

    I live in the Philippines, but I've never been to bohol. Definitely, will add this on my travel list. 😁

  • Annu M.
    05/12/2021 04:12

    Spectacular ❤️

  • Bonnie D.
    05/12/2021 03:17

    Incredible!!!

  • Peter H.
    05/11/2021 20:46

    i'd be curious to see one of these excavated .... willing to bet theres more to these ... so much more to pre flood history than they let on

  • Derek F.
    05/11/2021 14:44

    There's gold in them there hills.

  • Jay D.
    05/11/2021 14:26

    wow such amazing place to visit soon from new york cubao po.🤣

  • Norman A.
    05/11/2021 02:24

    Wow Philippines 🇵🇭 it's more fun to visit Bohol....

  • Maria J.
    05/11/2021 00:36

    have u gone there