47 thoughts on “Russian Stone Idols of Komi”

  1. Anyone know where in “Russian North” this is? Even the Russian North spreads across so many time zones that I have no idea if it’s close to Finland or Alaska.

  2. They look like they were brought there by glaciers that later retreated. Their shapes were determined by abrasion with the glaciers and later, the elements. There’s formations like in Canada and the Midwest USA.

    • The “Seven Strong Men” are karst pillars found in the Komi Republic, on the Manpuner range in the northern Ural mountains. Wikipedia has a very good introduction to karst topography, including a list of locations around the world.

      • I don’t think these natural pillars are karst, but may be more closely related to basaltic domes. To me, they resemble a “dike” of basaltic lava, associated with a long extinct and eroded volcano, similar to Shiprock, in New Mexico. the volcano chimney and any cracks fill with basaltic lava, then the entire volcano and surrounding plain erode away, exposing the harder basaltic lava. Check out Shiprock.
        http://www.emporia.edu/earthsci/student/kuss1/shiprock.html

  3. Well, they are not made with human hands nor are they glacial erratics. I think they are basaltic lava domes.

  4. I think these pictures are a hoax – I’ve spent hours on google and cannot find any other images to corroborate what’s seen here..

  5. We got the same stones in the Teide´s National Park in Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain). Check it the link or search information at Google.

    http://history-adventure.com/fotos/fotos%20album/teide.jpg

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  7. What are you talking about who build them? Ever heard of erosion?
    What most likely happened there is that there was harder rocks inside soft rocks and the softer rock eroded away leaving those pilars. Same type of erosion can be seen all around south east Asia with limestone.

  8. Russian stone idols in Komi? WTF? In Komi is Komi Stone Idols. Not everything, what russians got by war became russians. For example – castles in East Prussia isn’t russian castles in Kaliningrad oblast. They still crusaders order catles.

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  14. Beauty of natural stuff is awesome. I was looking for how it really got there, and geologic explanation is the real beauty. I’m hoping to find the answer.

  15. BTW artifact explanations are BS. Explanations of the reality way before us are way more important than artifact. Betcha the actual geology is a way more beautiful process.

  16. Internet searching gets you lots of junk and advertising, but after an hour, I found one site that suggested pressure tends to bond limestone grains together. Maybe the surrounding sediment or whatever did this with the geometry in places such that the pillars resisted later erosion. The beauty of nature is endless.

    Nature does cool stuff that gets even advanced people to use it to generate mythology. Don’t forget the little green men from planet Murgatroid.

    Sporacle

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