Wase Rock

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Wase Rock
Wase Rock.JPG
The Wase Rock , as viewed from the area around the police station in Wase town
Highest point
Elevation426 m (1,398 ft) above sea level
Coordinates9°04′33.40″N 9°57′30.30″E / 9.0759444°N 9.9584167°E / 9.0759444; 9.9584167Coordinates: 9°04′33.40″N 9°57′30.30″E / 9.0759444°N 9.9584167°E / 9.0759444; 9.9584167
Geography
Wase Rock is located in Nigeria
Wase Rock
Wase Rock
Location of Wase Rock in Nigeria (in Plateau state)
LocationWase,  Nigeria
CountryNigeria
StatePlateau

Wase Rock (Hausa: Gwauron Dutse]]) is a massive dome shaped rocky inselberg found near Wase town in Wase Local Government Area of Plateau State in central Nigeria. Standing alone in the Wase plains, it achieves a remarkable height of about 176 metres (577 ft)[1] above the surface of the neighbouring surroundings and 426 metres (1,398 ft)[2] above sea level. Available records indicate that this beautiful massive dome shaped rocky inselberg is one out of only five in the world.

A stunning view of the enchanting Wase rock in Wase

History[edit]

Wase Rock is a trachyte neck rising 295 metres (968 ft) from the floor of the Benue Rift, 160Km SE of Jos. It is all that remains of a once giant volcano. The rock, with its vertical sides, has its summit split into two by a narrow chasm and the base is surrounded by talus slopes (scree)[3]

Appearance[edit]

It has been described as a volcanic plug by geographers. It is visible for a radius of 40 kilometres (25 mi) due to its height. It is one of the only five breeding places for the Rossy white pelican birds in Africa. The government now protects about 321 hectares (790 acres) of land around the rock as a bird sanctuary and for wildlife development.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "OpenCycleMap.org - Wase Rock with surface". www.opencyclemap.org. Retrieved 2018-10-25.
  2. ^ "ESRI ArcGIS - View of Wase Rock. Including height above sea level".
  3. ^ Blackwelder, C. (1942). The Geologic of Africa , p. 232.