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Exfoliation depressions near the summit
A fine-grained (aplite) dike invades a coarse-grained (pegmatite) dike
Two dikes diverge...
Exfoliation depressions set in oval "halo" areas
Exfoliation depressions - NOT dinosaur footprints!
A ?19th century graffiti
Joints and a dike
Vegetation follows joints
Joints and exfoliation
Lichens - first on the rock
Prickly pear cactus - suited to Stone Mountain's sandy soil
Trees near top are usually older than their size suggests
Once quarried, this surface is coming back in daisies
A fat vein of pure white quartz
Drill marks show evidence of quarrying
Foot traffic on the walkup trail has stripped soil and threatened some trees
Even near the top of the mountain, soil in weathering pits has allowed
trees to grow