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Officials: Peachtree Rock was bound to fall
WIS TV ^ | Dec 09, 2013 | Jason Old

Posted on 12/09/2013 11:57:18 AM PST by Gamecock

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - An iconic Lexington County rock formation has fallen, and officials aren't surprised.

MOREAdditional LinksPeachtree Rock, which stood for ages in an extraordinary upside-down pyramid fashion, is now lying on its side.

The sandstone formation is located in Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve on Highway 6 near Edmund.

WIS viewers started sending in photos of the toppled rock on Sunday.

The rock's strange configuration was a result of the erosion of lower layers of rock and sand, with the upper layers of hard, coarse-grained sandstone eroding at a slower rate, according to the Nature Conservancy of South Carolina.

"It was inevitable at some point that that was going to happen," said Colette DeGarady, Senior Conservation Ecologist, SC Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. "It was eroding over time."

DeGarady says the bottom part of the formation had been disappearing, but the rock had also been vandalized in the recent past. "In the past year, we have had some varying amounts of vandalism that increased the rate of erosion," said DeGarady. "At some point in time it was going to go down on its own."

Lexington County Sheriff's deputies, according to DeGarady, have been patrolling the parking lot at night to keep an eye out for possible vandals.

At this point, officials don't have any evidence a single human act brought the rock down. DeGarady said rain has been the largest factor in the natural erosion of the formation.

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is continuing to investigate.

Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve comprises 460 acres and is co-managed by The Nature Conservancy and the Department of Natural Resources.


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1 posted on 12/09/2013 11:57:18 AM PST by Gamecock
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To: Gamecock
I am deeply saddened. Been up there a couple dozen times. A beautiful place, starting in 1982 or so.

Located about 20 miles from Columbia, SC.

2 posted on 12/09/2013 11:58:55 AM PST by Gamecock (There are not just two ways to respond to God but three: irreligion, religion, and the gospel. (TK))
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To: Gamecock
It's not nice to fool Mother Nature.

Plus the Laws of Physics are way beyond the control of Bammy.

3 posted on 12/09/2013 11:58:56 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: upchuck

For the SC ping list.


4 posted on 12/09/2013 12:01:04 PM PST by Gamecock (There are not just two ways to respond to God but three: irreligion, religion, and the gospel. (TK))
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To: Gamecock
but the rock had also been vandalized in the recent past

Which brings up the question, was someone screwing around with it just before it fell and they are now under the rock?

5 posted on 12/09/2013 12:02:58 PM PST by Gamecock (There are not just two ways to respond to God but three: irreligion, religion, and the gospel. (TK))
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To: Gamecock

The Old Man of the Mountain in NH succumbed to gravity several years ago.


6 posted on 12/09/2013 12:02:58 PM PST by AU72
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To: Gamecock
Anyone see this guy around?


7 posted on 12/09/2013 12:03:33 PM PST by Lx (Do you like it? Do you like it, Scott? I call it, "Mr. & Mrs. Tenorman Chili.")
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To: Gamecock

Can you imagine the cost of a gravestone like that? If it was me, I’d want to be left undisturbed.


8 posted on 12/09/2013 12:05:02 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: AU72

9 posted on 12/09/2013 12:07:33 PM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Gamecock

AND ... that reminds me ... how is Chief Crazy Horse coming along?


10 posted on 12/09/2013 12:17:11 PM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Gamecock
Makes me think of Harry Chapin:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vB23m0VxClk

11 posted on 12/09/2013 12:21:23 PM PST by MRadtke (Light a candle or curse the darkness?)
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To: Star Traveler

12 posted on 12/09/2013 12:32:29 PM PST by Baynative (Wake me up early, be good to my dogs and teach my children to pray.)
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To: Baynative

He’s gotten a whole lot smaller from the last time I saw him ... :-) ...


13 posted on 12/09/2013 12:37:47 PM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: MRadtke

Harry Chapin was an extraordinary talent. Thanks for reminding me. I need to dig out some of my old LP’s.

Tragic the way he died. Tragic that there was never a movie made about him and his music.


14 posted on 12/09/2013 12:40:05 PM PST by Cyman (We have to pass it to see what's in it= definition of stool sample)
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To: Cyman
I was fortunate enough to see him in concert, late 70’s.
15 posted on 12/09/2013 12:53:38 PM PST by MRadtke (Light a candle or curse the darkness?)
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To: Gamecock

That’s what I was wondering. Is there a Darwin Award candidate underneath it?


16 posted on 12/09/2013 1:00:12 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: TigersEye

That’s what I was wondering. Is there a Darwin Award candidate underneath it?

If someone is underneath it they are not a Darwin candidate the are a winner.


17 posted on 12/09/2013 1:04:39 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Mastador1

Unless they already have children.


18 posted on 12/09/2013 1:10:46 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Gamecock

Bush’s fault.


19 posted on 12/09/2013 1:34:26 PM PST by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation Continues)
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To: Gamecock

Caused by Glow Bull Farming !! ;=0


20 posted on 12/09/2013 2:09:46 PM PST by HP8753 (Live Free!!!! .............or don't.)
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To: Gamecock; 2A Patriot; 2nd amendment mama; 4everontheRight; 77Jimmy; A Strict Constructionist; ...
Thanks for the ping Gc.

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21 posted on 12/09/2013 3:24:08 PM PST by upchuck (I can't stand people that don't know the difference between 'than' and 'then.' Their so stupid...)
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To: Gamecock

Global Warming!(c) Bush’s fault!(c)


22 posted on 12/09/2013 4:01:32 PM PST by Fred Hayek (The Democratic Party is now the operational arm of the CPUSA)
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