In Photos: Natural Wonders That No Longer Exist

The Old Man of the Mountain, New Hampshire, USA

Seen from a distance, this piece of rock jutting out from Franconia Notch might not have looked like much. But when seen from the north, the rock once resembled the profile of an old man, with a clearly-define forehead, nose, lips and chin. Hence it became known as the “Old Man of the Mountain”, an iconic symbol in New Hampshire.

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The Old Man of the Mountain, New Hampshire, USA

After existing for an estimated 12,000 years, the poor Old Man fell off the mountain one fateful night in May 2003. Local people mourned the loss of their mascot, creating a memorial in Profiler Plaza at the base of the mountain. This picture shows the now-missing section.

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