Rock formation at Fossil Falls
Fossil Falls is an eerie and alien landscape 440,000 years in the making at the site of an ancient cindercone volcano. The entire area is strewn with basalt, erupted from the volcano. Over millennia, glacial melt laced with bits of hard stone wore down the basalt to create the Fossil Falls we see today. The entire place is filled with strange organic shapes with smooth curves and glossy stone rarely seen in nature.I took this particular photo of a chimney about 12-15 feet tall and 3-4 feet in diameter, created by an eddy which slowly ground its way through the rock. You can still see the motion of the water, permanently scarred into the stone in the form of a spiral. Each groove marking the swirl begins at a tiny gas bubble in the basalt which sufficiently turbulated the moving waters to etch the hard stone.

Rock formation at Fossil Falls

Fossil Falls is an eerie and alien landscape 440,000 years in the making at the site of an ancient cindercone volcano. The entire area is strewn with basalt, erupted from the volcano. Over millennia, glacial melt laced with bits of hard stone wore down the basalt to create the Fossil Falls we see today. The entire place is filled with strange organic shapes with smooth curves and glossy stone rarely seen in nature.

I took this particular photo of a chimney about 12-15 feet tall and 3-4 feet in diameter, created by an eddy which slowly ground its way through the rock. You can still see the motion of the water, permanently scarred into the stone in the form of a spiral. Each groove marking the swirl begins at a tiny gas bubble in the basalt which sufficiently turbulated the moving waters to etch the hard stone.

(Source: cpburrows.com)



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