Peña de Bernal
|Peña de Bernal|
|Elevation||2,510 m (8,230 ft) AMSL|
|Prominence||350 m (1,150 ft)|
|Translation||Rock of Bernal (Spanish)|
|Location||San Sebastián Bernal, Querétaro, México|
|Parent range||Sierra Gorda|
|Age of rock||65 million years|
|Mountain type||Porphyrytic monolith|
Peña de Bernal (in English: Bernal's Boulder or Bernal Peak) is a 433 m (1,421 ft) tall monolith, one of the tallest in the world. Peña de Bernal is located in San Sebastián Bernal, a small town in the Mexican state of Querétaro.
The porphyrytic monolith was thought to have been formed 65 million years ago, during the Jurassic period. A recent chemical analysis by researchers at the National Autonomous University of Mexico has determined that it is considerably younger, likely formed about 8.7 million years ago.
Many people perform a pilgrimage to the small chapel located at the highest point accessible through hiking.
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- "Mexican Monolith Is World's Tallest Freestanding Rock". Georgia Newsday. Archived from the original on 2015-03-13.
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