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Laser Precision: What Split the Ancient Al Naslaa Rock?

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Renowned for its spectacular rock art and rich historical heritage, the Tayma oasis in Saudi Arabia was once a bustling hub on the ancient trade routes. This oasis hosted Nabonidus, a Babylonian king, and appears in both Assyrian and Biblical records as a prominent trading stop. Dating back nearly 4000 years, the region boasts prolific rock art. Among these formations, the Al Naslaa rock stands out, a sandstone formation teetering atop a naturally eroded pedestal, split right down the middle by a perfectly straight fracture that gives the appearance of a laser cut. Sculptures of the Arabian Sands