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The district of Lahaul-Spiti in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh is one of the most spectacular valley with ancient monasteries and natural formations.

Situated in the rain shadow of the Himalayan Mountains, the Spiti valley with its pretty hamlets, patchwork fields, golden hues of barren landscapes and colorful monasteries perched on impossible climbs make Spiti an enchanting exploration. Spiti makes for an ideal destination for people with any preference, be it adventure, culture or just gaping with mouth wide open at the surreal landscapes.

Along its course the Spiti river traverses beds of clay and rocks, out of which rise peculiar rough monument like masses honeycombed all over with deep holes as if scooped out by a sculptor. Curious gravel formations can be seen in many places in Spiti, like these in the picture, the result of aerial degradation.

In the language of a Geologist, "Soft-sediment deformation structures were observed in in the lower Spiti valley.The deformation structures include over-steepened stratification, diapiric flame-like intrusions of clayey material or complex-type recumbent folding of flame-like nature, pseudonodules, large-scale soft-sediment folding, faulting (small scale) associated with folding and sand dykes. These structures are restricted to single stratigraphic layers separated by undeformed beds and can be correlated over a large distance. The deformation of the soft sediments is attributed to the combined effects of fluidization, liquefaction and shear stress, and can be related to past seismic activity in the area."

Henry Moore's website mentions about him: "modern sculpture artist specializing in abstractions and organic shapes" : I guess if Nature was a net savvy Human being, the website of Nature would have stated the same thing.

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