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    Natural or Not

    Found this unusual rock formation while using Google Earth to view locations near Needle Canyon, Superstition Mountains. GPS 33.440987, -111.384027, elevation 3,074 feet. Length is about 195 feet, width is about 80 feet. Because smaller stones appear to be chinked between larger stones, this formation does not look natural in origin. The last GE image is from overhead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skyhawk1251 View Post
    Found this unusual rock formation while using Google Earth to view locations near Needle Canyon, Superstition Mountains. GPS 33.440987, -111.384027, elevation 3,074 feet. Length is about 195 feet, width is about 80 feet. Because smaller stones appear to be chinked between larger stones, this formation does not look natural in origin. The last GE image is from overhead.

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    Skyhawk,
    You find some interesting things. If I had access to GE right now, I'd probably be looking instead of typing.
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    I just do not know how men in more ancient history would make giant rocks?
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    Quote Originally Posted by skyhawk1251 View Post
    Found this unusual rock formation while using Google Earth to view locations near Needle Canyon, Superstition Mountains. GPS 33.440987, -111.384027, elevation 3,074 feet. Length is about 195 feet, width is about 80 feet. Because smaller stones appear to be chinked between larger stones, this formation does not look natural in origin. The last GE image is from overhead.

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    There are ancient Indian ruins in the Superstitions, I am not familiar with this site you have found but it is possible that it could be an ancient Indian ruin. Circlestone is in the Superstitions, one of the great mysteries of those mountains as it is unknown who built them or why.

    Interesting find, I hope you are packing your gear to go check it out, you might have found something amazing!
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    Natural. There are tons of formations like that throughout the Supers.


    Mike
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    Quote Originally Posted by gollum View Post
    Natural. There are tons of formations like that throughout the Supers.


    Mike
    Agreed. Columnar jointing in basalt.

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    "And so the population was gradually led into the demoralising temptations of arcades, baths, and sumptuous banquets. The unsuspecting Britons spoke of such novelties as 'civilisation', when in fact they were only a feature of their enslavement." Tacitus, Roman Senator and Historian, written AD 98.

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    I would at least go investigate thats what we do
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    Here is a shot looking south from 2016. It looks natural to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gambrinus View Post
    Here is a shot looking south from 2016. It looks natural to me.

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    Thanks, Gambrinus. It's natural. Columnar jointing in basalt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kray Gelder View Post
    Agreed. Columnar jointing in basalt.

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    Most of the stuff is not Columnar Basalt. The Superstitions were formed (IIRC) about 50 million years ago by three volcanic calderas that puked up several hundred feet of non-mineralized Dacite and Basalt. For example, here is the base of the Dacite Cliffs :

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    Thanks for clearing this up - I have not seen anything like that in the Superstitions, but then also haven't trod every foot of them either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oroblanco View Post
    Thanks for clearing this up - I have not seen anything like that in the Superstitions, but then also haven't trod every foot of them either.

    I agree that I haven't seen anything quite like that in the super but I can see why it looks man made at first, in fact it reminds me of a quarried stone foundation for a stamp mill at a silver mine in Idaho that I have visited a few times.

    On a side note the silver mine, mill, tram towers and the town of Graham only existed for one year with the mill only operating for one shift (about 8 hours) on account of it being a big scam due to the low quality of the ore. There are other accounts of there being a lack of ore but that was not the case.

    skyhawk1251 I hope you didn't mind my straying away from your thread.

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    You are talking about the rock formation to the right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by markmar View Post
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    You are talking about the rock formation to the right.
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    Seems very natural.
    Marius

    If your true to your heart, you will never go wrong. The truth is the truth, no matter how you look at it, and in every treasure story and legend there is a grain of truth. It's up to your spirit and heart to know the difference. NP





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    Wouldn't it be nice to be just starting, a week or so hiking trip. Might even be walking past, somewhere in between those two monuments of the second picture there.
    Last edited by Idahodutch; Feb 19, 2020 at 07:29 PM.
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