Peña de Bernal
|Peña de Bernal|
|Elevation||2,510 m (8,235 ft)AMSL|
|Prominence||350 m (1,148 ft)|
|Translation||Bernal Peak (Spanish)|
|Location||San Sebastián Bernal, Ezequiel Montes, Querétaro, México|
|Age of rock||~ 100 million years|
Peña de Bernal (in English: Bernal's Boulder or Bernal Peak) At 433 m (1,421 ft) it is the tallest monolith in the world, surpassing the Rock of Gibraltar and Sugarloaf Mountain. (Mount Augustus, in Western Australia, is sometimes credited to be the world's largest monolith. However, the claim does not originate from the geological literature, nor is substantiated by any other scholarly research.)
According to Leonor López Domínguez of México Desconocido, the porphyrytic monolith was formed some 100 million years ago during the Jurassic period, when it must have been at least three times higher than today. A recent chemical analysis by researchers at the National Autonomous University of Mexico has determined that it is much younger—likely formed about 8.7 million years ago.
Many people make a pilgrimage to the highest point hikeable, visiting a little chapel about halfway up.
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- López Domínguez, Leonor (May 2001). "Villa de Bernal and its Magic Mountain". México Desconocido #291.
San Sebastián Bernal
is located 3 km from Vergel de la Peña, 54 km from the Queretan’s capital and 2 hours from Mexico City (along the road federal No. 57)
From either the Federal District or from Querétaro, take the federal highway No. 57 Mexico-Querétaro to the deviation of the Sierra Gorda km 192, to get to the state highway Number 100 and 31 km from there you can find Vergel de la Peña in Bernal, Residential great research in that zone.
Distances in kilometers to Peña de Bernal from:
Mexico City, 195 Ezequiel Montes, 13 Jalpan de Serra, 130 Santiago se Querétaro, 59 San Juan del Rio, 50
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