Last updated: September 13, 2013
To stumble upon this rock while hiking around the White Wolf area is to feel that you have discovered some lost piece of jewelry, an ivory-colored artwork that was tossed into your path just moments before. Yet it has taken at least 80 million years for this pegmatite to arrive in this place in this form. It began its life as molten rock on the inside of a volcano; eventually it cooled, and the rocks above it were worn away by rain, snow and ice. More recently, this rock and the Sierra Nevada as a whole were lifted up over the last ten million years by forces not completely understood. All of these events together have resulted in this jagged, bone-white sculpture lying in the Sierra sun on a summer afternoon. It is not exactly a "new" idea, then, but is nevertheless a beautiful testimony to the creative powers of the planet on which we live.