After years of seeing rock formations across Karnataka, a thought occurred.. that rocks break down as time goes by. Rocks eventually break down naturally because of Nature's forces.. the hot & cold cycles and erosion by wind & water. There could be other reasons as well such as seismic vibrations. Most of us have heard of the concept of Pangaea which says that a supercontinent existed millions of years ago which broke apart and the pieces drifted away. The theory was formed with lot of supporting evidence. If the theory is applied to rock formations or rock hills, we have the same result. Rocks break apart and drift away.
From my journeys, we are looking at Savandurga Betta, the largest monolithic hill of Asia. On the hill are individual boulders - surely they would have been part of the original mass once. During one of the visits, on the eastern face, I was on a steep part, with every step I could hear a mild crunching sound. When I looked down, I noticed that a centimeter thick layer had separated itself. For a moment I was still.. wondering if I disturbed the equilibrium and set off an avalanche. No such thing happened, I carefully climbed back to less steep part. The point is that the layer would eventually fall off the face and many years later another layer would come off and so on.
|Savandurga - Asia's largest monolithic hill|
|Rishyamukha Betta - boulder heap hill of Anegundi|
delicately balanced rock formation found near Koppal. This rock formation is around 50 feet tall. Call this a fragmenting in style :)
|Acrobatic Rocks of Chikkasoolekere|
|beauty of Kutkankeri hill|
Here's another kind of rock formation seen on the hills of Badami and Kutkankeri. This particular one was sen on the way to Sidlaphadi, the natural rock cave inhabited during prehistoric times. Notice the cracks at the base of the lump, its slowly but surely getting separated from the rockbed.
|Rock lumps of Hiregudda, Badami|
|seen on hill opposite Jatinga-Rameshwara hill near Ashoka Siddapura|
|fragmented rock forms a Ganesha|