Hey, where's everyone going? There's popcorn. And geology.
Welcome to Balanced Rock, in North Salem, CT. (I hear David Letterman lives around here.)
Glacial activity was very big when the world was much younger. For years, this amazing formation near New York was believed to have been created by a glacier.
But now, there's a little reconsidering going on. (Cue dun dun DUN! music.)
Turns out, the ginormous rock, called an "erratic" by geologists, is formed from granite not indigenous to the area. It may be a dolmen, "a Celtic stone to memorialize the dead."
Celts in Connecticut. I may just write that musical.
(As you can read, it's been here at least since 1862, per the graffiti some idiot was compelled to carve one April day a year into the Civil War.)
Many years ago, we visited Carnac, France, renowned for its many, many standing stones lining the countryside. Most were erected around 3300 B.C., give or take a millennium.
I nearly failed geology my sophomore year. All those stupid rocks looked alike to me, and by the end of the semester, I achieved a passing grade by 4/10ths of a point. The romance of stones never came up. Had it, I might be in an entirely different line of work.
With thanks to Stephen and Kevin for the rock drive-by and a splendid dinner just up the road.
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