Ice Age Andesite Boulder in Manchester, England

On a lawn in the University of Manchester's Old Quadrangle, a great lump of lava stands proudly as an unusual decorative feature surrounded by the Quad's grand ivy-covered Gothic architecture.

Balanced on a stone plinth in front of the Beyer Building, the andesite boulder weighs over 20 tons and measures up at eight feet by nine feet by five feet. It's understood to have made its way to the area from Borrowdale in the Lake District during the last Ice Age, around 20,000 years ago.


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