Dictionary of Geotourism

2020 Edition
| Editors: Anze Chen, Young Ng, Erkuang Zhang, Mingzhong Tian

Granite Mushroom

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_961
In arid areas with strong wind erosion, granite columns protruding from the Earth’s surface are abraded by sand grains carried by the wind. This process forms mushroom-shaped rock pillars with slender lower bases, which are known as granite mushrooms. Typical granite mushrooms are common in Haisenchulu in Alxa Right Banner, Inner Mongolia, and the ‘Odd Rock Groove’ in Bole, Xinjiang Province (Fig. 30).
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