split level

21 Oct

With cooler weather becoming a norm, the glaciers and mountains have stopped feeding the river. The shoreline is receding, the forests’ bank sides are getting wider, and little secrets that the water once concealed, now emerge. My favorites are the split rocks; these segmented stones are truly fascinating. The scientific term for the splitting is actually called “mechanical weathering”: just a bit of freezing water, expanding and contracting with changing temperatures, can take something that seems so solid, and eventually rip it apart… such beautiful deconstruction.

2 Responses to “split level”

  1. aisforanika 21/10/2012 at 11:57 #

    This is so great! Love the term “mechanical weathering” too. Even nature has it’s mechanics! I recently, and somewhat inadvertently started a collection of “half flat” stones. basically flat on the bottom and round/dome shaped on the top. They remind me, on a miniature level, of some of the rocks in your photos. I first found some at the beach in Delaware, and I’ve already found a couple out in AZ! Maybe they are finding me?

  2. Jenny Wong 08/05/2013 at 20:10 #

    Where did you take the pictures of the rocks from??

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