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Andrew Alden

Great Stone Faces

By November 19, 2013

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Geologists enjoy a good great stone face (or stone figure of any sort) as much as the rest of us, though they may not admit it. Such "rock stars" are mimetoliths, a funny word for stones that look like things they're not. Geo-blogger David Bressan pointed me today to an example from Italy, a karst outcrop known as the Artichoke of Sonnino or, more prosaically, the Cathedral. (By the way "artichoke" is one of many words that comes to English from Arabic, where the plant was called al-kharshuf, through the northern Italian arciciocco.)
Old Man of the Mountain stamp — Geology Guide image


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