Rockzilla by Paul Gitto

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Rockzilla has been awarded Earth Science Picture of the Day for Nov. 8,2009

Do you know what it is?
It is a Frost Heave

The photo above shows a Godzilla shaped feature (about 2 in or 5 cm in height) that resulted from a process known as frost heave . On clear, cold nights, small rocks and stones that quickly lose their surface heat cause water to be drawn up out of the ground via capillary action . When temperatures are sufficiently cold, the water immediately freezes as it comes out of the ground, forming ice needles . Stones at the surface or just below it are pushed upward and askew by the protruding ice needles.

The Earth Science Picture of the Day highlights the diverse processes and phenomena which shape our planet and our lives. EPOD will collect and archive photos, imagery, graphics, and artwork with short explanatory captions and links exemplifying features within the Earth system

Paul is an avid nature enthusiast, bible scholar, astronomer, astrophotographer and has been a planetarium operator/lecturer at The Robert J. Novins Planetarium.
Paul’s nature photography includes Wildlife, Atmospheric Optics , Sunsets, the Pine Barrens and various other objects pertaining to hidden beauty found in nature.

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  • Visual   Inspirations
    Visual Inspi...over 6 years ago

    wow!! This is a great one.. have no clue…lol.. I will have to come back to guess.. I’m sure it won’t be guessed for a while!! ;-) Welcome.. rhonda

  • OK Good luck!

    – Paul Gitto

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 6 years ago

    I have to think for a while.

  • Put on your thinking cap!

    – Paul Gitto

  • webbie
    webbieover 6 years ago

    oh my goodness you burned a mouse and it comeing back for Just kidding no idea..great capture thou..:)

  • very funny webbie!

    – Paul Gitto

  • cougarfan
    cougarfanover 6 years ago


  • No it’s not a plant!

    – Paul Gitto

  • MKWhite
    MKWhiteover 6 years ago

    Lizard terrarium?

  • Not a lizard or a terrarium!

    – Paul Gitto

  • Tanya Wallace
    Tanya Wallaceover 6 years ago

    What happens to rocks when they get struck by lightning? ROFL!!

  • You are half right!
    The first half. lol

    – Paul Gitto

  • Visual   Inspirations
    Visual Inspi...over 6 years ago

    something out of a mine?

  • I’m not sure where the rocks came from, (except out of a truck). But I do know where they are.

    – Paul Gitto

  • budrfli
    budrfliover 6 years ago

    it looks like magnetized metal shavings to me !

  • They are being held together, but not by magnetism.

    – Paul Gitto

  • Donna Adamski
    Donna Adamskiover 6 years ago

    Rockzila the Rock Monster!

  • I wasn’t asking what it looked like.
    Otherwise you would be right, but you’re wrong. lol!

    – Paul Gitto

  • babybird1937
    babybird1937over 6 years ago

    Is it a dead plant growing out of the lava rock?

  • Yes no yes no yes.
    Yes it’s dead
    No it’s not a plant
    Yes it’s growing
    No it’s not lava
    Yes it has rocks.


    – Paul Gitto

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