Elephant Rocks

Posted October 13, 2014

by Lensyl Urbano

Students explore the massive, spheroidally weathered boulders at Elephant Rocks State Park.

Students explore the massive, spheroidally weathered boulders at Elephant Rocks State Park.

We stopped at the Elephant Rocks State Park our way down to Eminence MO for our middle school immersion trip. The rocks are the remnants of a granitic pluton (a big blob of molten rock) that cooled underground about 1.5 billion years ago. As the strata above the cooled rock were eroded away the pressure release created vertical and horizontal cracks (joints). Water seeped into those joints, weathered the minerals (dissolution and hydrolysis mainly), and eroded the sediments produced, to create the rounded shapes the students had a hard time leaving behind.

This was a great stop, that I think we’ll need to keep on the agenda for the next the next trip. I did consider stopping at the Johnson’s Shut-Ins Park as well, but we were late enough getting to Eminence as it was. Perhaps next time.

Exploring the spaces between the rocks.

Exploring the spaces between the rocks.

Citing this post: Urbano, L., 2014. Elephant Rocks, Retrieved November 18th, 2017, from Montessori Muddle: http://MontessoriMuddle.org/ .
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