Kjeragbolten

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Kjeragbolten
Kjeragbolten Roger Nelson.jpg
A man standing on top of Kjeragbolten.
Elevation 989 m (3,245 ft)
Location
Kjeragbolten is located in Rogaland
Kjeragbolten
Kjeragbolten
Forsand, Rogaland, Norway
Coordinates 59°1′6.08″N 6°33′24.84″E / 59.0183556°N 6.5569000°E / 59.0183556; 6.5569000Coordinates: 59°1′6.08″N 6°33′24.84″E / 59.0183556°N 6.5569000°E / 59.0183556; 6.5569000
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]

Geology[edit]

Rogaland lies in a weak tectonic zone, allowing the river to dig into the surrounding sandstone fjord. During the several ice ages, which are known 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.E.[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[edit]

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 it's enormous popularity, long lines usually forms 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.

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References[edit]

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

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