Chocolate Hills of the Philippines on National Geographic

Watch how National Geographic captured the beauty of Chocolate Hills in Bohol, Philippines.

by Jessie Mendoza

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The Chocolate Hills are a geological formation in the Bohol province of the Philippines. There are at least 1,260 hills but there may be as many as 1,776 hills spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometres.

The Chocolate Hills is a famous tourist attraction of Bohol. They are featured in the provincial flag and seal to symbolize the abundance of natural attractions in the province. They are in the Philippine Tourism Authority’s list of tourist destinations in the Philippines; they have been declared the country’s third National Geological Monument and proposed for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Source: Chocolate Hills – Wikipedia

Soar Over the Chocolate Hills in the Philippines | National Geographic

Like ruins from a lost civilization, a host of uniform cones rise from an island in the Philippines.

On the island of Bohol, in the Philippines, an expanse of otherworldly cones look like ruins from a lost civilization. But the Chocolate Hills, formed naturally, over millions of years.

They change appearance over the course of each year, as well. Lush in the rainy season, the vegetation dries in summer, imparting the golden-brown hue that gives them their name—people compare the hills to giant Hershey’s Kisses. Some 1,700 mounds extend across 20 square miles, rising as high as 400 feet.

The land’s limestone base formed from skeletons of sea life. Geologic processes lifted the rock, and water slowly eroded it. Similar processes carve limestone around the world, but the Chocolate Hills’ combination of shape and uniformity makes them unique.

Source: National Geographic on YouTube

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