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Balsam Lake balanced rock
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member sagefemme
N 42° 02.842 W 074° 37.076
18T E 531618 N 4655105
Quick Description: On the Alder Lake to Balsam Lake Mountain trail, this rock is not far from the 3500 foot elevation marker. Looks to me like gravity should have unseated it a while ago, but there it is!
Location: New York, United States
Date Posted: 7/27/2014 7:34:54 PM
Waymark Code: WMM60J
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member briansnat
Views: 3

Long Description:
There is a lot of sandstone here in the Catskills, even at the summit of Balsam Lake Mountain, which testifies to the fact the what we see as mountains was once a seabed.

When the glaciers came through, this rock remained in place (they were not dropped here as erratics), but once the downward pressure of the glaciers was gone, the magma pressure below the earth's crust pushed all that material up, and up, and up. This rock is close to 3500 feet above sea level on a mountain that rises above 3700 ft above sea level. Pretty amazing, huh?!
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