Geology Professor Visits and Explains the Balanced Rock Formation In Southern Idaho
Balanced Rock in Southern Idaho is definitely an interesting sight. Formed by volcanic rock millions of years ago, this massive rock formation rests on a thin pedestal of stone that doesn't seem like it should be able to maintain its weight. In a new YouTube video from geology professor Shawn Willsey, we get a crash course on how the peculiar rock formation came to be and how it isn't being held up by sheer willpower.
Balanced Rock In Southern Idaho
If you have never been to see Balanced Rock, you should. You'll be amazed even if you only park at the bottom and admire it from a distance. If you make the short hike up the hill you'll be even more amazed at the size of the structure. You can even climb around the rocks and touch the base of the Balanced Rock.
Balanced Rock Was Formed By The Twin Falls Volcanic Field
If you look around Southern Idaho you'll see a lot of volcanic rock. Craters of the Moon is a popular location for tourists, but the lava rock and rhyolite formations can be found all around Southern Idaho. If you hike up to Balanced Rock, you can also adventure through the rocks to the east. These include tubes, caves, and cracks that can be fun but also dangerous.
Professor Shawn Willsey At CSI
The YouTube video above was posted by College of Southern Idaho geology professor Shawn Willsey. His YouTube channel has other informative Idaho and Utah geology videos.