Collapsed Stacked Stone (Shed) Granite Landscape – Cuihuashan Type
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The stacking of large fallen granite blocks causes the formation of this granite landscape, which is characterised by irregular caves. This type of cave is also called a ‘stacked stone cave’ or ‘stone shed’. This landscape forms from the stacking of fractured rocks that fall from pointed peaks and large stone pillars in a peak granite landscape as a result of earthquakes or other factors. In areas where collapsed stacked stones are well developed, no large pillars remain in most of the mountains. In contrast, in areas with abundant stone pillars, no earthquakes have likely occurred. Therefore, a collapsed stacked stone granite landscape can be regarded as an indication of crustal stability in that area. Sanqingshan and Tianzhushan are granite mountains with elevations of 1,500 m above sea level. However, their landscapes are completely different. The former has numerous stone pillars on the hilltops. For example, the pillar ‘Big Python Crawling Out of the Mountain’ is more than...
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