I came across this balanced rock as I researched material for my “Ancient America” posts.
Balanced Rock, North Salem, NY.jpg
I wondered how this balancing feat was accomplished. Once again, I did some research and found out that there are two types of balanced rocks: man-made and naturally occurring.
Man-made Balanced Rocks
Some balanced rocks are made by people who engage in an art form called rock balancing. As the name implies, the rocks are held together by balance alone without the assistance of adhesives or other aids.
Source: “Rock balancing” – Wikipedia
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To get an idea of how this is done, here is a video of rock sculpture and balance artist Bill Dan at work in Sausalito, California:
Naturally Occurring Balanced Rocks
Mother Nature is also a rock balance artist. According to Wikipedia, a balanced rock, which is also known as a balancing rock or a precarious border, “is a naturally occurring geological formation featuring a large rock or boulder, sometimes of substantial size, resting on other rocks, bedrock or on glacial till.”
Glaciers are responsible for the creation of some balanced rocks. Glaciers can move boulders from one area to another or on to other rocks, resulting in what are called glacial erratics. Glacial action (as well as landslides and avalanches) can also create perched blocks, which are large rock fragments partially hanging over the side of a slope or hill.
Glacial erratic, Norber – geograph.org.uk – 1503348.jpg
A079, Acadia National Park, Maine, USA, balanced rock, 2002.jpg
A083, Big Bend National Park, Texas, USA, balanced rock, 2004.jpg
By Leandro da Fonseca (feita por mim) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Not all naturally occurring balanced rocks are held together by balance alone. Wikipedia further notes that “some formations known by this name only appear to be balancing but are in fact firmly connected to a base rock by a pedestal or stem.” Rocks resembling balanced rocks are created by wind, water, and/or chemical erosion. Mushroom or pedestal rocks, which I discussed in my “Wind Carvings” post, are examples of these “faux” balanced rocks. Other examples of “faux” balanced rocks are hoodoos, which are “pedestal rocks sitting on taller spire formations.”
Source: “Balancing Rock” – Wikipedia
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Before I go, here is a video showing more balanced rocks from around the world.