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Russian Idols

Post by kbs2244 » Sat May 17, 2008 7:34 pm

Unexplained for north in Russia
Does anybody know anything about these?
Maybe, at least, LAT and LONG coordinates?
The web site calls them “idols” but they do not look man made to me.
But they do have an eerie Easter Island look to them.
But they are huge.
Is there any evidence of a quarry in the area?
Has anybody looked for any kind of foundation under them?
If they are natural, how did they get so tall and so high and so undisturbed above the surrounding ground level?
Volcanic “pipes” with the surrounding area eroded away?

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Post by Sam Salmon » Sat May 17, 2008 9:29 pm

Look like ordinary stone formations that weathered away toward the bottom-some artful photography notwithstanding.

Is there a geologist in the house?


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Post by Rokcet Scientist » Sun May 18, 2008 8:27 am

I'd say they originally were subterranean volcanic magma plumes that coagulated and then the surrounding, softer material eroded away over millions of years.

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Post by dannan14 » Sun May 18, 2008 10:06 am

i have to agree. It's not quite Devil's Tower, but it makes sense.

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Volcanic origin

Post by Cognito » Sun May 18, 2008 10:22 am

You are correct - they are volcanic plugs. We have similar structures near where I live. One looks like a 30 meter tall chimney.
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Post by kbs2244 » Sun May 18, 2008 10:47 am

But there is no volcano in the area.
And that is a whole lot of erosion.
Of course The Devils Tower is in the Yellowstone crater.
And how long has it been dormant?

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Post by Rokcet Scientist » Sun May 18, 2008 11:05 am

kbs2244 wrote:But there is no volcano in the area.
Maybe not now. But there was volcanic activity at some point! You're looking at its remnants. It looks as though that volcanic activity was not active/violent enough to produce bonafide volcano cones. What you're looking at are 'wannabe volcanoes' that never quite made it.
And that is a whole lot of erosion.
There was a whole lot of time to erode it in: billions of years.
Afaik the Grand Canyon was eroded in a 'mere' couple hundred million years.
Of course The Devils Tower is in the Yellowstone crater.
And how long has it been dormant?
Dunno.

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Post by dannan14 » Sun May 18, 2008 9:50 pm

kbs2244 wrote:But there is no volcano in the area.
And that is a whole lot of erosion.
Of course The Devils Tower is in the Yellowstone crater.
And how long has it been dormant?
Devil's Tower is in the northeast corner of Wyoming. That is several hundred miles from Yellowstone.

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Post by kbs2244 » Mon May 19, 2008 3:49 pm

Opps.
Well at least I got the state right, didn't I?
I like the "wanna be" volcano discription.

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Post by dannan14 » Mon May 19, 2008 5:07 pm

Standing next to these types of formations (especially Devil's Tower) really stretches one's mind. It's hard enough to believe in abstract just how much erosion has taken place in these areas, but to stand at the base of Devil's Tower and look up more than 1000 feet knowing that the rest of the volcano went higher still is mind boggling.

On the other hand it gives some appreciation for how thick glaciers were.

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