Rare Basalt Rock Column, Formed Six Crore Years Back, Found In Maharashtra’s Yavatmal


Rare Basalt Rock Column, Formed Six Crore Years Back, Found In Maharashtra's Yavatmal

Prof Suresh Chopane stated, It’s a uncommon pure rock known as columnar basalt fashioned from the lava.


A columnar basalt rock pillar fashioned six crore years again from volcanic lava has been found throughout a street building work at a village in Yavatmal district of Maharashtra, a number one geologist has stated.

This uncommon rock formation was discovered final week at Shibla-Pardi village in Wani-Pandhakawda space of the district, he stated.

Talking to PTI, environmentalist and geologist Prof Suresh Chopane stated, “It is a rare natural rock called columnar basalt formed from the lava of a massive volcanic eruption in Maharashtra that occurred 60 million years ago. The hexagon-shaped pillars were formed due to the shrinking of the lava.”

Chopane, a former member of the regional empowered committee of the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, stated Wani space of Yavatmal district is geographically very historic.

“In the same area, I had found 200-million-year-old strometolite (layered sedimentary formations) and six- million-year-old conch shell fossils near Pandharkavada and Maregaon tehsil,” he stated.

Until 70 million years in the past, there was an ocean on the now Vidarbha area of Maharashtra, he stated.

“But 60 million years ago, during the late Cretaceous period, geographical events took place on the earth and from today’s Western Ghats, hot lava flowed to the region now located in Yavatmal district and central Vidarbha, known as Deccan trap,” he stated.

The volcano coated an space of 5 lakh sq. kms in central India, he stated, including that in Maharashtra, 80 per cent of the rock formations are basalt igneous.

Chopane stated that in India, St Mary’s Island in Karnataka is known as a vacationer vacation spot for such columnar basalt.

“In Maharashtra, before Yavatmal, such rocks have been found in Mumbai, Kolhapur and Nanded…When hot lava flows into a river and suddenly cools down, it shrinks and becomes hexagon-shaped, forming such stone pillars called columnar basalt,” he stated.

These rocks are crucial from the geographical perspective and the administration ought to shield stone pillars and the world discovered there, he stated.

He additionally claimed that Yavatmal district was inhabited by large dinosaur-like creatures and animals 60 million years in the past. There have been dense forests, however as a consequence of this large volcanic eruption in Maharashtra, all of the forests and residing creatures turned to ashes.

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