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Creation 39(1):46–49—January 2017
The origin of Uluru remains a mystery for conventional long-age geology, since its survival was not due to the type of rock.
Inselbergs - Spitzkoppe - Figure - M - Ft
Other notable inselbergs include Spitzkoppe (figure 2) which towers about 600 m (2,000 ft) above the Namib Desert, southwestern Africa.12 This desert is a gravel-capped planation surface in the country of Namibia, west of the Great Escarpment in southern Africa.
The famous Sugarloaf Mountain, 400 m (1,300 ft) tall, and other granite residuals (leftover remnants of erosion) bordering the Rio de Janeiro harbour of Brazil are also inselbergs.
Stone - Mountain - Georgia - Ones - United
Stone Mountain, Georgia, is one of the most famous ones in the eastern United States.
In the southwestern USA, Monument Valley on the border of Utah and Arizona contains an impressive group of inselbergs. These sedimentary erosional remnants stand about 300 m (1,000 ft) above the wide valley.
Sense - Countryside - Hundreds - Metres - Millions
It makes no sense for the surrounding countryside to be eroded down hundreds of metres over millions of years, while the inselberg shows little sign of erosion in all that time.
An unusual and beautiful type of inselberg that was carved from limestone and is what is called ‘tower karst’. The most impressive examples are found in China (figure 3) and southern Thailand.
Inselbergs - Underground - Landscape - Material - Form
Inselbergs were once buried underground. When the surrounding landscape was eroded away, the more resistant material was left behind in the form of tall towering structures. Interestingly, many inselbergs are weathering relatively quickly today.10,13 By conventional geological reasoning, then, they should have weathered at the same rate as the surrounding countryside, and therefore lost their great height. However, inselbergs are ‘dated’ as many millions to tens of millions of years old; some are even claimed to be older than 100 million years.13 It makes no sense for the surrounding countryside to be eroded down hundreds of metres over millions of years, while the...
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