Tuesday, January 29, 2013


Queen’s Head is one of the more famous hoodoos found in Yehliu Geopark, Taiwan. The rock’s shaping is dated at around 4000 years old; the name comes from the rock appearing to look like the profile of Queen Elizabeth II, after the rock fell apart in 1962-1963. The narrowest part of the neck is about 138cm.

Yehliu itself (Chinese: 野柳; pinyin: Yěliǔ) is a cape on the north coast of Taiwan in the town of Wanli between Taipei and Keelung. The cape is referred to as the Yehliu Promontory and forms part of the Taliao Miocene Formation. It formed when the Datun Mountain (大屯山) was pushed out of the sea; the cape stretches 1,700metres into the ocean.

The cape has many hoodoo structures along its surface, formed due to the differential erosion caused by seawater. There is a description of how hoodoos form in this post: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=373251239402593&set=a.352867368107647.80532.352857924775258&type=3&theater.

Lots more landscape features: http://www.ylgeopark.org.tw/ENG/landscape/Sight_en.aspx
Photo: Kenny Teo, http://beautifulplacestovisit.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Yehliu_Taiwan_03.jpg

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