A Rock Forever Sculpted by Time and Tide

A Rock Forever Sculpted by Time and Tide (HM1JZW)

Location: Percé, Québec G0C 2L0 Le Rocher-Percé
Country: Canada

N 48° 31.503', W 64° 12.386'

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Un rocher sans cesse sculpté, au fil du temps et des marées

— Parc National de l'Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé —

English:
From the days of New France to today, many have spoken of its shape.
"We came to Isle Percée... a very tall rock, with two steep sides and pierced by hole through which long boats and ships may pass at high tide." Samuel de Champlain, 1603
There was but a single hole in the shape of an arch... two more have come into being since, not as large though now growing daily. Nicolas Denys, Seigneur of Percé, 1686


This massive apparently indestructible limestone titan is, in fact, a fragile giant... Born of the sea, it is slowly returning to the water, one stone at a time, broken down by the action of the rain, waves and time...

Exposed to the air at low tide, the gravel bridge allows visitors to approach the Rock for a closer look, but keep in mind that several hundred tonnes of stone fall to the ground below every year.
The history of the Rock is still being written by the sea... But please be careful! It's more prudent to observe it from a distance!


French:
De l'époque de la Nouvelle-France à aujourd'hui, nombreux sont ceux qui témoignent de sa forme.
«On vint a l'Isle Percée... un rocher fort haut, eslevé des deux cotez, où il y'a un trou par où les chaloupes et les bateaux peuvent passer den haute mer.» Samuel de Champlain, 1603
«Il n'y avait qu'un trou en forme d'arcade... Il s'en est fait deux autres depuis qui ne sont pas si grands mais qui à présent croissent tous les jours.» Nicolas Denys, seigneur de Percé, 1686

Massif d'apparence indestructible, ce géant de calcaire est en fait un colosse fragile... Né de la mer, il y retourne lentement, pierre après pierre, sous l'action de la pluie, des vagues et du temps...

Découvert à marée basse, le pont de pierres permet encore de s'approcher du rocher pour le contempler, mais gardez en tête que plusieurs centaines de tonnes de roches s'en détachent chaque année.
Par la mer, l'histoire du rocher continue de s'écrire... Mais prudence! Mieux vaut le regarder à distance!
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Date Added Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 at 10:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)20U E 410923 N 5375362
Decimal Degrees48.52505000, -64.20643333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 48° 31.503', W 64° 12.386'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds48° 31' 30.18" N, 64° 12' 23.16" W
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near 38 Rue du Mont Joli, Percé Québec G0C 2L0, CA
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