The Balancing Rock, Nova Scotia

June 2, 2014 by staff 

The Balancing Rock, Nova Scotia, A balancing rock, also called balanced rock or precarious boulder, 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. 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. There is no single scientific definition of the term, and it has been applied to a variety of rock features that fall into one of four general categories:

Mother and Child balancing rocks, Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe.

Chybotek, Giant Mountains, Poland.
Asia and Australia

The Brimham Rocks are a group of outstanding pedestal rock formations in North Yorkshire.
Kummakivi is a balancing rock located at 61° 29′ 36.4596″ N, 28° 25′ 45.5016″ E in Ruokolahti and is protected.
Chybotek – granite balancing rock in Giant Mountains
Chybotek – granite balancing rock in Jizera Mountains .
North America

The Balancing Column near Digby, Long Island, Nova Scotia, Canada.
A tall basalt stack appears to balance precariously above the water near Digby, Nova Scotia.
Located near Bear Beach on the Juan De Fuca Trail, this solid rock is perched upon eroded sandstone.
United States

Several pedestals rocks are found within the boundaries of the Chiricahua National Monument, and two are easily accessible in Marble Canyon, between Navajo Bridge and Lee’s Ferry.

Balanced Rocks, Marble Canyon, Arizona

Balanced Rocks, Marble Canyon, Arizona.
A large balancing rock may be easily seen at D.L. Bliss State Park on the west shore of Lake Tahoe.
A huge sandstone boulder hangs precariously near the roadway in Garden of the Gods park near Colorado Springs.
In Balance Rock Park, in Pittsfield State Forest, a field of massive boulders left on a hillside by receding glaciers is crowned by Balance Rock, a tremendous rock balancing almost unbelievably upon a smaller rock protruding from the ground.
The Devil’s Head is a large boulder perched on the ledge of a cliff in the Chimney Rock State Park, North Carolina.
Balanced Rock is a large boulder suspended between two pedestals in the Grapevine Hills of Big Bend National Park.
One of the most visited formations in the United States is the Balanced Rock in Arches National Park.
Omak Lake Balancing Rock, Washington, USA.
There is a large glacial erratic at the south end of Omak Lake in Okanogan County, known as the Omak Rock.

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