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Flowerpot Rock, on the Fundy Trail, tumbles after a winter storm

Flowerpot Rock on the Fundy Trail is tossed around by a winter storm.

Key Takeaways:

  • Flowerpot Rock on the New Brunswick coast collapsed and was shattered after a storm pummeled the region with 90 km/h winds and heavy rain.
  • The Fundy Trail Parkway will return on May 20 after being closed for the season. There is no public access during the off-season.

Another renowned rock feature in the Bay of Fundy has vanished.

Last week, a storm battered the area with 90 km/h gusts and heavy rain, collapsing Flowerpot Rock on the New Brunswick shore and shattering it.

The short cliff that rises from the shore commemorates where the coastline formerly ran millions of years ago.

Flowerpot Rock was named from the trees that grew on top of it, and it was similar to Hopewell Rocks, which are located further northeast on the Bay of Fundy.

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“I’m sad to see that one of our park’s most important attractions has suddenly fallen over,” said James Donald, head of the Fundy Trail Development Authority Inc.

“It stood out against the backdrop of the seashore. It’s quite photogenic. That was a one-of-a-kind stretch of the shoreline.”

Every year, hikers and nature enthusiasts go to Flowerpot Rock, accessible through the Fundy Trail Parkway.

The granite feature, known as a sea stack, may be seen 24 kilometers from St. Martins along the Fundy Trail Parkway. A comparable feature is Hopewell Rocks, which later lost one of its flowerpots to erosion.

The creation is the consequence of years of natural erosion, in which waves swept away every grain of sand, leaving a pillar of compressed sand in its place. The narrowest area of the stack marks the greatest point of the tide.

Flowerpot Rock on the Fundy Trail is tossed around by a winter storm.
Flowerpot Rock on the Fundy Trail is tossed around by a winter storm. Image from Yahoo

“Sea stacks illustrate where the shore used to be,” Donald explained. “They serve as wonderful reminders of the ocean’s erosional force, particularly while we’re seeing the world’s highest tides.”

“The base of each rock will eventually disintegrate, and it will collapse into the water.”

According to Donald, this is a natural outcome of the tides moving in and out, but climate change has brought more severe storms and higher sea levels, hastening the erosion.

The Fundy Trail Parkway is shut for the season and will reopen on May 20. During the off-season, there is no public access.

Source: Global News

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