Pedestal Stone in Snake Meadow
There are a number of large boulders in a field. I have posted pictures of some of them earlier in this series. I decided to get some additional pictures of the pedestal stone. There are two of them side-by-side. I selected the larger and more interesting stone. This stone is about ten feet tall. I can only wonder how they lifted it. In order to use a lever, the lever must be strong enough to carry the weight, but light enough to be managed. I have puzzled over this and suggest that several levers were used with several men on each lever. It must have taken at least ten men to do this. I am baffled! Sometime, I will get a tape measure and measure the exact size, then calculate the volume and weight. I estimate five to ten tons!
Notice the vein of quartz!
Did the base split before or after mounting the stone?
I will get some better pictures in the future!
The weight of this boulder has been puzzling me.
The formula for volume is: (4/3) * pi * radius ^3
Assuming a radius of 4 feet, that makes 268 cubic feet.
The density of granite is 165 pounds per cubic foot.
That comes to 22 tons!
Since the radius is probably more than 4 feet, this stone is very heavy.
(Sorry that I did not use metric, but ...........)
OK. OK., It's 20 metric tons!