Basalt – a volcanic rock formed by the rapid cooling of lava. In a world there is a huge number of basalt formations, these are 10 of the most beautiful ones.

Falls Litlanesfoss, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. Millions of basalt columns make waterfall even more fantastic.

Cave Akun enjoys great popularity with photographers, but to get to the place of shooting is quite difficult, so each frame made ​​in this waterfall is priceless. This amazing cave is located on the island Akun, North – West Alaska. Akun Island also consists mainly of basalt and has several sea caves.

Ghenh Da Dia is rarely visited, a hidden gem of Vietnam – a miracle of nature, formed from volcanic basalt rocks, which sculpted columns of different heights. This place remains almost untouched by tourists as it is located away from the tourist trail – in Ninh Dong Commune in Phu Yen province.

Takachiho Gorge, Japan is a V-shaped gorge, created by the Gokase-gawa River, which eroded the Aso lava. Red-tinted precipitous cliffs rising up on both sides of the gorge extend for a long distance. Manai-no-taki Falls, 17 meters (56 ft) high, is a popular highlight because of the clouds of spray that rise up from the falling water.

Los Organos, on the northern coast of La Gomera, are considered to be one of the most beautiful basalt formations on the Canary Islands. The slender cliffs rise up out of the sea to a height of 800 metres (2,600 ft) and a width of 200m (650 ft). The pillars, which look very similar to organ pipes, are the remains of vast lava masses of a once powerful volcano. Over time, erosion exposed the rocks, forming them to a natural work of art.

Garni Gorge is situated 23 km (14 mi) east of Yerevan, Armenia, just below the village with the same name.

Fingal’s Cave is a sea cave on the uninhabited island of Staffa, in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, part of a National Nature Reserve owned by the National Trust for Scotland. It is formed entirely from hexagonally jointed basalt columns.

Giant’s Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. It is located in County Antrim on the northeast coast of Northern Ireland, about three miles (4.8 km) northeast of the town of Bushmills.

Svartifoss (Black Fall) is a waterfall in Skaftafell National Park in Iceland, and is one of the most popular sights in the park. It is surrounded by dark lava columns, which gave rise to its name.

Cape Stolbchaty in the state of Sakhalin, Russia is famous for its columnar basalt formations, which are strikingly similar to the Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim in Northern Ireland.