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The Unusual Elephant Rock of Castelsardo

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An unusual rock formation surprised drivers, just like an elephant located in Sardinia, Italy. The Elephant Rock of Castelsardo is described as a peculiarity due to its resemblance to the trunked animal. The following images were captured by Giulia Lupino, a student.
She has been curious about Elephant Rock for several years, but finally, she traveled down to State Road 134 to capture photographs of the rock. The Elephant Rock was known by the name Sa Pedra pertunta, which signifies perforated stone.
The massive mass of trachyte stone is thought to have been part of a rocky complex at Monte Casteddazzu, but as time passed, it broke away and rolled down the valley to its present location on the trunk road. Geologists believe erosion led to the unusual appearance of the perforated boulder bearing what looks like a trunk. Therefore, it is not the only natural formation to resemble a large creature.
The young (19-year-old) photographer said the bizarre rock has the form of an elephant, is about four meters high, and looks incredible to see from each side. The true sculptors of rock initially thought of a small one, but actually, it is massive. Moreover, not only does the rock add to the natural beauty of the area,.
But it also has an archaeological impact as it contains two ‘Domus de Janas’ – a type of chamber tomb found in Sardinia. Moreover, the walls of the frequent erratically shaped chambers have relief decorations, cow horns, and bullheads on a low base formed in the rock.
A similar type of rock formation is located on the island of Heimaey in southern Iceland; a basalt rock on the oceanside cliffs bears a weird resemblance to an enormous elephant, complete with wrinkled skin reaching its trunk into the sea.
This rock is believed to have formed from volcanoes rising out of water. The elephant rock of Iceland can be found on the largest island in Vestmannaeyiar, one of the most widespread tourist attractions in the summer months.
The following pictures were taken by a student, Giulia Lupino.
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it also has archaeological impact as it contains two 'Domus de Janas' - a type of chamber tomb found in Sardinia.
It also has an archaeological impact as it contains two ‘Domus de Janas’ – a type of chamber tomb found in Sardinia.
The massive mass of trachyte stone is thought to have been part of rocky complex of Monte Casteddazzu,
The massive mass of trachyte stone is thought to have been part of a rocky complex of Monte Casteddazzu,
Giulia Lupino captured these striking images of Elephant Rock, which is situated along a trunk road in Castelsardo, Sardinia, Italy
Giulia Lupino captured these striking images of Elephant Rock, which is situated along a trunk road in Castelsardo, Sardinia, Italy
Lupino travelled down the State Road 134 to take pictures of the rock that she describes as a 'peculiarity' of her town
Lupino travelled down the State Road 134 to take pictures of the rock that she describes as a ‘peculiarity’ of her town
The large mass of trachyte stone is believed to have been part of a rocky complex of Monte Casteddazzu, before it broke away and rolled down the valley
The large mass of trachyte stone is believed to have been part of a rocky complex of Monte Casteddazzu, before it broke away and rolled down the valley. 
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