Thursday, October 28, 2010

Chocolate Hills

Have you heard of an unusual geological formation? Yes you have read it right a geological formation. What I am talking here are thousands of land formed hills that is spread over a 50 square kilometers land.

Chocolate Hills in Bohol
One of the best tourist destinations in the Philippines is found in the small island of Bohol and called the Chocolate hills. This is composed of 1,776 hills that is scattered in three towns in the interior part of Bohol, the towns namely Sagbayan, Batuan and Carmen wherein the tourism development is based in Sagbayan “Sagbayan Peak” and Carmen “The Chocolate hills”. They are so called the chocolate hills because the green grass that covers the hills turns into brown during the summer or dry season.

Chocolate Hills Recognition
The chocolate hills have been declared as the Philippines 3rd National Geological Monument and once belong to the 7 wonders of the world and are proposed to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Chocolate Hills Philippines
The hill which is a coned shaped or dome shaped is made up of limestone covered with grass. It is estimated to be at least 1, 268 individual mounds to about 1, 776 mounds. The height of the hills differs from 98 – 160 ft. with the largest being 390 ft.

The chocolate hills have been declared as a geological monument and are covered under the National Integrated Protected Areas System in which being headed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. This means that quarrying and mining activities are prohibited in the towns of Sagbayan, Batuan and Carmen where the Chocolate hills are situated. 

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