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The Delectable-Looking Hills of Bohol
Chocolate Hills, Bohol Philippines - Travel Guide
The Chocolate Hills of Bohol
Spectacular! Amazing! Great engineering feat! These were the words that crossed my mind when I had my first view of the chocolate hills. They were perfect cones surrounded by trees and covered with green grass. The grass would later turn brown during the summer season, hence the name chocolate hill. And there were a thousand of these perfect cones! The sizes of the domes ranged from 30 to 50 meters, the largest of which was 120 meters high. According to the local folks they looked like big 'chocolate kisses' during summer.
Could this be the former playground of some giants who made perfect mounds of sand and over time grass grew over it? or Were these mounds the result of wind and water sculpting under the direction of an artistic playful spirit? According to one of the legends, these were the droppings of a giant carabao who ate all the crops of the townfolks. Whoever or whatever did these perfect conical mounds, they surely made the scenery mysteriously beautiful.
Origin of Chocolate Hills
The common accepted theory about the origin of the hills is that they are the weathered formations of a marine limestone on top of an impermeable layer of clay. Others say that the hills were formed ages ago when a massive geological shift uplifted the coral deposits, and the action of rain water, wind, and erosion for the past thousand years did the rest. However, up to this day, the geologists haven't reached consensus on how these delectable-looking hills were formed.