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Is the ‘Sleeping Lady’ photo in a mountain in Alaska real or fake?

A PHOTO of the top of an Alaskan mountain has gone viral on social media.

The picture, said to be taken by a drone, depicts an overview of "The Sleeping Lady" mountain and its rocks that are perfectly aligned in the shape of a sleeping woman.

Is the photo real? Here's what we know.

What is the aerial photo of the ‘Sleeping Lady’ Mountain in Alaska?

A photo has gone viral depicting a rock formation in the shape of a sleeping woman atop a mountain in Alaska.

The mountain is Mount Susitna, a 4,396-foot mountain about 33 miles northwest of Anchorage.

The picture is said to have been taken from a drone.

Social media users have reveled in its unique beauty, taking to Twitter to re-share the image and debate its authenticity.

"It’s fake dummies," one abrasive Twitter user wrote.

"I don't think anybody believes it's not photoshopped, but it's beautiful and if you take it for what it is, you can just embrace it," another defended.

"The real one looks a little different though" another user speculated.

Is it real or fake?

The photo is fake.

Despite its realistic look, the image is a digital manipulation by artist Jean-Michel Bihorel who posted the photo to his website portfolio.

He titled the image "Winter Sleep."

Where is the ‘Sleeping Lady’ located?

The Sleeping Lady is located northwest of Anchorage, Alaska.

What is the legend behind the ‘Sleeping Lady’?

The legend behind the Sleeping Lady name is said to be derived from native lore.

"Native stories say that the lady was engaged to a man who went off to protect their village before they wed," writes Alaska.org.

"On the day her fiancé left, she promised to wait in the exact spot where he bade farewell.

"After many nights, she fell into a deep sleep waiting for him. Word came back to the village that the men were killed. Seeing how peacefully she was sleeping, the villagers couldn’t bear to wake her up, so she lay there, asleep and waiting for her love to return."

Facts about the Sleeping Lady

A few quick facts about Mount Susitna

“I think I made the story up, although I can’t definitely say for sure,” she said.

Children's book author Ann Dixon published a book titled the Sleeping Lady in 1964.

In Dixon's version of the story, the giant woman fell asleep waiting for her husband to return from war, unaware that he had been killed.

Like Lesh, she agreed that the story is not native lore, but a story made up by prospectors and homesteaders.

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