A columnar basalt rock pillar formed six crore years again from volcanic lava has been found throughout a street development work at a village in Yavatmal district of Maharashtra, a number one geologist has stated. This uncommon rock formation was found final week at Shibla-Pardi village in Wani-Pandhakawda space of the district, he stated.
Talking to PTI, environmentalist and geologist Prof Suresh Chopane stated, “It is a rare natural rock called columnar basalt formed from the lava of a massive volcanic eruption in Maharashtra that occurred 60 million years ago. The hexagon-shaped pillars were formed due to the shrinking of the lava.”
Chopane, a former member of the regional empowered committee of the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, stated Wani space of Yavatmal district is geographically very historic.
“In the identical space, I had found 200-million-year-old strometolite (layered sedimentary formations) and six- million-year-old conch shell fossils close to Pandharkavada and Maregaon tehsil,” he stated.
Until 70 million years in the past, there was an ocean on the now Vidarbha area of Maharashtra, he stated.
“But 60 million years ago, during the late Cretaceous period, geographical events took place on the earth and from today’s Western Ghats, hot lava flowed to the region now located in Yavatmal district and central Vidarbha, known as Deccan trap,” he stated.
The volcano lined an space of 5 lakh sq. kms in central India, he stated, including that in Maharashtra, 80 per cent of the rock formations are basalt igneous.
Chopane stated that in India, St Mary’s Island in Karnataka is known as a vacationer vacation spot for such columnar basalt.
“In Maharashtra, before Yavatmal, such rocks have been found in Mumbai, Kolhapur and Nanded…When hot lava flows into a river and suddenly cools down, it shrinks and becomes hexagon-shaped, forming such stone pillars called columnar basalt,” he stated.
These rocks are crucial from the geographical standpoint and the administration ought to shield stone pillars and the realm found there, he stated.
He additionally claimed that Yavatmal district was inhabited by big dinosaur-like creatures and animals 60 million years in the past. There had been dense forests, however because of this large volcanic eruption in Maharashtra, all of the forests and dwelling creatures turned to ashes.