Dictionary of Geotourism

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Linhai Rhyolitic Stone Column Landscape

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_1411
This type of landscape, known geologically as columnar joints, is located in Taizhou City, Zhejiang Province. Columnar joints commonly occur in areas of basalt, but the volcanic columns in the Dakantou area in Taozhu, Linhai, are mainly rhyolitic rocks (porphyroclastic lava), which is the reason for the landform’s name. These columns were discovered in the 1970s and are distributed over an area of 4 km 2. The columns have regular hexagonal shapes with exposed outcrops from 1 m to 10 m high. They constitute stunning landforms called peaks of 10,000 pillars, rocks of a thousand pillars, stone pillar valleys and stone pillar waterfalls. Dakantou has been established as the Linhai Taozhu National Geopark (Fig. 24).
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