Here is my big entry for this weeks travel theme “BIG”. It includes BIg Ben, a big mountain, a big rock and some big beers.
Big Ben is the world’s most famous clock. Big Ben is the nickname for the clock tower at the north end of the Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament). The tower was completed in 1858 and has become one of the most prominent symbols of both London and England. The origin of the nickname Big Ben is the subject of debate. The nickname was applied first to the Great Bell which may have been named after Sir Benjamin Hall, who oversaw the installation of the Great Bell. Or it may have been named after boxing’s English Heavyweight Champion Benjamin Caunt. However, Big Ben is often used to refer to the clock, tower and the bell collectively. The Clock Tower is being renamed the Elizabeth Tower in a tribute to Queen Elizabeth in her Diamond Jubilee year.
Denali National Park and Preserve is located in the interior portion of Alaska. Mt McKinley with its 20,320 foot peak is the biggest mountain in North America. Denali’s habitat is a mix of forest at the lowest elevations, including deciduous taiga, tundra at middle elevations, and glaciers, rock, and snow at the highest elevations. Mount McKinley is a granitic pluton lifted by tectonic pressure from the Pacific Plate and the North American Plate; at the same time, the sedimentary material above and around the mountain was stripped away by erosion.
On the other side of the world down under in the Australian outback, there is a solitary monolith which is the worlds biggest rock. Known by the Aborigines as Uluru, and as Ayers Rock in English, which rises high above the surrounding flat desert. The sandstone formation stands 1,142 feet high, but most of its bulk is underground. It has a total circumference of 5.8 miles which makes it the worlds largest monolith.
To finish off my big post are a half dozen of the big beers at Oktoberfest in Munich.