This basalt sea-cliff on the island of Heimaey in Southern Iceland looks just like a giant elephant or wooly mammoth dipping its trunk into the sea.
Heimaey is the largest island in the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago, which is a geologically young set of islands formed by volcanoes. Eldfell, a volcano on Heimaey, erupted in 1973, prompting locals to pump cold seawater onto the resulting lava flows in a successful attempt to redirect it from their harbor. The elephant on this island’s coast that attracts visitors is also formed from the volcanic basalt found everywhere on this island.
Heimaey is most inhabited island in Iceland with 4,500 residents in an area of 5.2 square miles. The beautiful Heimaey is actually a home to Eldfell (Means “Mountain of Fire”). This 660 foot high volcano has spewed lava on numerous occasions, leading many to believe it is the cause of the Elephant Rock
The Island having a scenario such as this could have been the cause of the huge rock that happened to be shaped just like an elephant. What a glorious mother sculpture.
In Hawaii, you can find this breathtaking rock formation, which looks like an elephant’s entire body, trunk and all. While the proper name of the rock is Moku Ho’oniki, it’s more commonly referred to as Elephant Rock, which is obviously much easier to pronounce.
Isn’t Mother Nature grand?