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Monday, November 03, 2008

The creation of Hampi

From Hampi, India

Ever wonder how the boulders got here? Usually, it's glacial based (e.g. Glendalough in Ireland, Font, etc.). Here, it's an excellent reminder of how completely and utterly irrelevant us humans actually are on this planet.

These boulders are here from erosion.
It's some of the oldest land on the planet, and over 10's of millions of years, what was large hills of granite were eroded away, bit by bit, through wind, rain, sun to leave what is essentially a last-bit-of-rock-standing competition as the granite towers disintegrated and eroded away. So, the boulders ended up in their highly improbable position from erosion.
Think about it. This boulder formed out of what was a giant mound of granite, and that most likely in another 10,000,000 years (if the Indian government doesn't go throw with it's plan and turn all this rock into gravel for roads), it'll all be gone.
By my rough guesstimate, if it took at least 10,000,000 years of evolution to create these boulders and I've been here 28 years. That means I've been on the planet for, at most, 0.0000028% of that time. Every feel like you've been around for a not very long time on this planet and that we really only are a very small blip in the planet's story? With all those stories of global warming, etc., it's amusing to see we're determined to undo all this evolutionary work in as few years as possible.....

From Hampi, India


  1. Not clear. Are you comparing your age with the 10 millions years or with the age of Earth. Because Earth is approx 4.55 billions years old, so in reality you have been there for only 0.00000000615% of that time....

  2. Where are you staying Neal? The Goa Cafe is a good spot - they have pads you can borrow too.

  3. I kid you not, my reaction on seeing your top photo was, "Holy shit! Check out those boulders!"

    Yep, I need to check out Hampi.

  4. Ha! thought someone would get picky over my calculations :) Pierre, don't worry, we're even more irrelevant - but the granite towers that collapsed to make Hampi started to disintegrate about 10,000 years ago!
    @Phil: Stayed further down, Goan Cafe has changed a bit it seems and some issues there! Found much nicer setup but thanks for info
    @HAP :) thought you might like it here..... start practising problems on small crimps and poor footholds. Actually, just watch Pilgrimage :)

  5. Where did you stay Neal? I might be back that way next year (if the bleeden' recession lets up).

  6. Stayed in Sunny Guest House - 250 Rupee (for double room), about 4Euro a night.
    Good shelter in trees, good view, good location near Goan Tree.