Posted by: danielfee | April 10, 2013

Travel Photo of the Day 04-10-2013

Haystack Rock - Cannon Beach, Oregon

Haystack Rock – Cannon Beach, Oregon

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Haystack Rock

The Needles

The Needles

 

Haystack Rock is a 235-foot sea stack, a geological land formation consisting of a steep and often vertical column or columns of rock in the sea near a coast that has been isolated by erosion, located in Cannon Beach, Oregon. It is a popular tourist destination and the monolithic rock is adjacent to the beach and accessible by foot at low tide. The Haystack Rock tide pools are home to many intertidal animals including starfish, sea anemone, crabs, chitons, limpets, and sea slugs. The rock is also a nesting site for many sea birds, including terns and puffins.

Composed of basalt, Haystack Rock was formed by lava flows emanating from the Grand Ronde Mountains 10 to 17 million years ago. The lava flows created many of the Oregon coast’s natural features. Haystack Rock was once joined to the coastline but years of erosion have since separated the monolith from the coast. Three smaller adjacent rock formations to the south of Haystack Rock are collectively called “The Needles”.

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