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This group is open to those how enjoy Nature and its creativeness.
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Waymarks for this category should be limited to Balanced Rocks made by Nature.Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting In some desert places, you can see rocks balanced precariously on top of other rocks. The lower rock has eroded away, as the harder upper rock has eroded to a lesser degree. These seem to defy gravity and common sense. Shouldn't they just topple over? Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting In the picture above left, we see such a balancing act. The upper rock is tipping to the right. This compresses the rock on that side. Some kinds of rock become harder when compressed. In this case the right side of the contact area becomes harder (and erodes very slowly), while the left side of the contact area becomes softer (and erodes much faster). And so, our upper rock slowly rights itself. It rotates to a level position. Over a period of years, the upper rock slowly descends, as the lower rock erodes away. But it remains balanced.
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To be accepted, the waymark must meet the following criteria:
1. You must provide coordinates taken at the location.
2. You must provide one or more quality pictures of the location or the object. Neither you nor your GPSr need to be in the picture. In fact, it is preferable that you aren't in it. Mark it as the default image. Additional photographs are requested, but not required.
3. In General the balanced rock should be at least 5' in diameter and approximately 50% bigger than the pillar that is holding it. (the bigger the better)
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Nature's Balanced RocksColville Reservation Erratic

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Large Balanced Erratic on the Colville Indian Reservation

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Prying Pandora

location: Washington

date approved: 6/10/2007

last visited: 3/27/2011

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