Earlier, Viewzone ran a story about a strange rock wall that was photographed in Olkahoma. The complete story can be seen here. The wall was later buried when public interest and scrutiny suggested that it might have been evidence of an earlier civilization in the Americas.
This is a boulder on display at Jennings Randolph Lake in Mineral County, West Virginia. There have been numerous theories and speculations as to its origin, ranging from a pictograph made by prehistoric man, an indian carving, the impression of the skin pattern of a giant lizard, or evidence of a visit to earth by an early travelers from outer space.
After examination of the phenomenon and some much needed web conferencing, Corps of Engineers geologists and those of other agencies have concluded that it is a natural geological formation. Although such formations are not common, similar patterned boulders were found on the east side of Tea Creek Mountain in Pocahontas County, West Virginia. Dr. Jack B. Epstein of the Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the interior, explained that the waffle rock is part of the Conemaugh geologic series that was deposited about 300 million years ago during the Pennsylvanian period. It is surmised that the waffle rock is a large loose boulder that fell from a parent outcrop somewhere higher up the slope, many decades ago, before the present trees grew.
What do you think?
Here's a photo of the same type of formation.
It's from Petit Jean Park in Arkansas and it's called "Carpet Rock". The formation of this kind of rock is thought to begin with the fracturing of sandstone and the filling of the resulting cracks with quartz cement. Subsequent weathering erodes the relatively soft sandstone more than the quartz. Eventually the quartz stands out from the sandstone in a carpet-like pattern.
Back to Viewzone || Comments?