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Kjeragbolten

Kjeragbolten
A man standing on top of Kjeragbolten.
Elevation 989 m (3,245 ft)
Location
Kjeragbolten is located in Rogaland
Kjeragbolten
Forsand, Rogaland, Norway
Coordinates
Topo map 1313 III Lyngsvatnet

Kjeragbolten is a boulder located in the Kjerag mountain in Rogaland, Norway. The rock itself is a 5 m³ glacial deposit wedged in the mountain's crevasse. It is a popular tourist destination and is accessible without any climbing equipment. However, it is suspended above a 984-meter deep abyss. It is also a popular site for BASE jumping.[1]

Contents

  • Geology 1
  • Tourism 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Geology

Rogaland lies in a weak tectonic zone, allowing the river to dig into the surrounding sandstone fjord. During the several ice ages known to have occurred in Scandinavia Norway was completely covered in glaciers. Between the ice ages, the meltwater formed and reformed the valley up to twenty-two times.[2] After the last ice age, global warming caused a rise in sea level, flooding the fjords. The boulder was deposited during the last glacial period, at around 50,000 B.C.[3] As the Norwegian Glacier melted, it was accompanied by a rebound in rock formations as the ice was removed. In Kjeragbolten's case, the rebound was actually faster than the rising sea level, which wedged the rock into its current position.

Tourism

Kjeragbolten has long been a famed photo op in the Kjerag trails. It was featured in the 2006 viral video Where the Hell is Matt? where traveler Matt Harding danced atop the precarious boulder. Because of its enormous popularity, long lines usually form with people who want to have a photo from the site. Expected waiting time can be anywhere from a few minutes to over an hour, especially when there are cruise ships in Stavanger.

See also

References

  1. ^ [2]
  2. ^ "Geology of Fjords". Geocaching. 
  3. ^ Arnold, Amanda. "Afraid of heights? Kjeragbolten will make your knees buckle.". How Stuff Works. Retrieved 2012-12-30. 

External links

  • Flickr Kjerabolten Images
  • World BASE fatalities
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