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Matterhorn of the Pacific

By Linda Tancs

Ball’s Pyramid has–you guessed it–a pyramidal shape reminiscent of Zermatt’s Matterhorn.  Technically an erosional remnant of a shield volcano and caldera formed millions of years ago, the rocky islet named after its discoverer Lieutenant Henry Lidgbird Ball is located 12 miles southeast of Lord Howe Island in the Pacific Ocean.  At 1844 feet in height, this Australian wonder is a climber’s paradise.  Apparently, it’s not so bad for the “tree lobster” as well.  The rarest of species, it was discovered clinging to the last bit of plant life surviving on this prehistoric rock.


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