World Famous Rock:Stone Mountain

by Kadarius Lincoln and Oliver Gholson

Location

Stone Mountain is located east of Atlanta ,Georgia in Dekalb County.

Type of Rock

Stone Mountain, though often called a pinkgranite dome, actually ranges in composition from quartz monzonite to granite and granodiorite. The minerals within the rock include quartz, plagioclase feldspar, microcline and muscovite, with smaller amounts of biotite and tourmaline.

Cool facts



  • The historical carving on Stone Mountain is the only memorial to a trio of Southern generals and their horses: Jefferson Davis on Blackjack, Robert E. Lee on Traveler and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson on Little Sorrel.
  • The carving measures 90 feet tall, 190 feet wide and 11 feet deep. It spans 3 acres and is larger than Mount Rushmore.
  • By calculated "guestimate," Stone Mountain weighs more than 1 trillion pounds.