The Rainbow Mountains

It looks photo shopped, but it is not!

We are familiar with mountains that are covered with plants or rocks, but not that familiar with the ones that are covered with vibrant stripes looking like rainbows. Rainbow mountains in China and Peru are geological wonders of the earth. Their fantastic colors are due to presence of various minerals in the sand stone formation. Together with Iron Oxide, other iron compounds, and earth minerals, the nature produces the magnificent colorful stripes of the rainbow mountains, the nature’s paint palette.

The Rainbow Mountains, Nature's Paint Palette

  “…Haven’t you seen that God sends rain from the sky? We then produce thereby fruits of various colors. And in the mountains are streaks of white and red, of various shades of colors, and dark black hue.”  (Quran- 35:27)

The Quran informs us about the striped mountains with shades of various colors. They are present only in a few limited geographic locations of the earth, but not in Arab or nearby geographic areas. Prophet (Peace be upon him) lived his life in deserts of Arabia that has sand dunes, hills of different kinds, desert shrubs, water oasis, but not rainbow mountains. The prophet (Peace be upon him) and the Arabs at his time were not familiar with these colorful rainbow mountains. To the believers, the Quranic verse describing the colorful mountains of red white and different shades is a description of the beauty of God’s creation and a testimony of authenticity of a divine revelation of the Quran.

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