While most of North America was sleeping Iceland experienced a volcanic eruption, delaying all airline flights to and from that country. The eruption took place near a glacier in Southern Iceland. A state of emergency was declared near the area where the eruption occurred. While the eruption seems to have been on the smaller side of the scale, there was an evacuation of a few hundred people.
Elephant Rocks State Park
Not far from the city of St. Louis, evidence of another volcanic eruption can be found. Giant granite rocks create the look of elephants lined up end to end. Elephant Rocks State Park was created as hot magma cooled, forming crystalline red granite. Those visiting the park will find natural beauty and wildlife alongside these amazing giant elephant rocks. A quarry, initially established in the late 1800s, is still used today. The quarried red granite has been used in building materials, and paving blocks for the St. Louis Levee and downtown streets. The Missouri Red Granite is now used for monuments, as it is cut and polished, revealing a beautiful piece of history. Leave it to the entrepreneurial spirit to establish a quarry and beautiful park from an event that must have been devastating to the surrounding area.
In order for a community, city, or country to survive economically, there must be some type of industry. The use of natural resources can become a point of argument when doing so destroys the natural beauty, and habit of wildlife. Elephant Rocks Park is one example of how the two can be inclusive of one another, without destroying the natural surroundings.
The power of nature
Volcanic eruptions may not happen every day, and certainly not in North America. However, it is evident that volcanic activity has played a role in creating some very beautiful areas. Yellowstone National Park, for example, is said to be the site of a super volcano.
Volcanoes, earthquakes, tornadoes, and floods can bring about devastating events. The power of nature can be seen in many state and national parks. It is that magnificent power coupled with the natural beauty that can leave a person in awe. A visit to the Grand Canyon is a lesson in the power of nature, while the beauty left behind can leave a person almost speechless.
The shared use of our natural resources
Business and industry have a role in the use of our natural resources. However, the enjoyment of hiking, fishing, swimming, and being with family while enjoying those same resources is also important. A quarry within a park setting is one example of how the two can coexist.
This examiner is thankful that the Iceland volcanic eruption was not devastating to those who live in that area. She was also reminded of a volcanic eruption that took place a little closer to home, a very long time ago.
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