Elephant Rock: The rock in Iceland in the form of an elephant

This basalt cliff by the sea on the island of Heimaey in southern Iceland looks like a giant elephant dipping its trunk into the sea.

Heimaey is the largest island of the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago (or Westman Islands), a set of geologically young islands formed by volcanoes. Eldfell, a volcano on Heimaey, erupted in 1973, prompting residents to pump cold water from the sea on the lava that threatened to destroy the harbor that is the life of the village and its inhabitants, to the cool, shaping unwittingly the huge rock to the shape of pachyderm.

Elephant Rock, which is located on the coast of the island and attracts many visitors is also formed from volcanic basalt that are found everywhere on the island.

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