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The Unfinished Obelisk near Aswan, Egypt  

The Unfinished Obelisk near Aswan, Egypt

This massive carving was to be larger than most other obelisks of Egypt 3,500 years ago. But because the nearly 140-foot creation developed a significant fissure in the stone, it was abandoned, inspiring the current name: The Unfinished Obelisk. The stone quarries here in Aswan, a city in southern Egypt, offer a glimpse of the industry that once fueled the region’s economy.

© George Steinmetz/Getty Images

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