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New Brunswick’s flowerpot rock — ‘the Elephant’ — caves in

Parks spokesman says temperature swings likely contributed to the collapse of East Coast landmark


 

BEFORE

The flowerpot rock known as Elephant Rock formation is shown before it's collapse, in Hopewell Cape, N.B., in this October 29, 2013, handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Kevin Snair

The flowerpot rock known as Elephant Rock formation is shown before its collapse, in Hopewell Cape, N.B. (Kevin Snair, CP)

AFTER

The flowerpot rock known as Elephant Rock formation is shown after it's collapse in Hopewell Cape, N.B., in this March 14, 2016, handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Kevin Snair

The flowerpot rock after its collapse. (Kevin Snair, CP)

HOPEWELL CAPE, N.B. — A New Brunswick park spokesman says recent temperature swings likely contributed to the collapse of an iconic East Coast landmark.

Kevin Snair says a large section of the flowerpot rock known as “the Elephant” caved in at Hopewell Rocks provincial park yesterday morning.

The rock is one of 17 such formations on the Hopewell Rocks shoreline and is best known for its depiction on New Brunswick’s Medicare card.

Snair — the park’s supervisor of interpretive services — says when the snow melts, water flows into cracks in the rocks, then freezes again when temperatures drop at night.

That weakens the stone.

Snair says the park sees more rock falls in the spring than any other time of year.


 

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