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Cape
Location type: Cape
Location address: Greece, Limnos
Number of texts: 7
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Made by Dromos | Reference Pascal Brackman
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The round forms on Falakro Cape are examples of concretions formed within layers of sand strata. Concretions form early in the burial history of the sediment, before the rest of the sediment is hardened into rock. This concretionary cement often makes the concretion harder and more resistant to weathering than the host stratum. They quite often form by the precipitation of a considerable amount of cementing material around a nucleus, often organic, such as a leaf, tooth, piece of shell or fossil.Descriptions dating from the 18th century attest to the fact that concretions have long been regarded as geological curiosities. Because of the variety of unusual shapes, sizes and compositions, concretions have been interpreted to be dinosaur eggs, animal and plant fossils (called pseudofossils), extraterrestrial debris or human artifacts. But they are just simple cemented pieces of sand around a nucleus. Famous examples of such concretions are also found on concretions on Bowling Ball Beach (Mendocino County, California, USA).

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Near Falakro Cape one can find some very peculiar geomorphological shapes in sandstone. Many sources state that it is a volcanic rock but that is not correct.

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The locals call these peculiar geomorphological formations ... “fragokefala”.

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The concretions on Falakro Cape are examples of Cannonball concretions. Cannonball concretions are large spherical concretions, which resemble cannonballs. Here they are about 30-40 cm in diameter, but they can be much bigger (> 3-6 m)  such as the ones found along the Cannonball River within Morton and Sioux Counties, North Dakota, and in the sandstone outcrops of the Frontier Formation in northeast Utah and central Wyoming. They formed by the early cementation of sand by calcite (McBride et al. 2003).

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These strange shapes on Falakro beach might take a loop with your fantasy. And you would not be the only one. Descriptions dating from the 18th century attest to the fact that concretions have long been regarded as geological curiosities. Because of the variety of unusual shapes, sizes and compositions, concretions have been interpreted to be dinosaur eggs, animal and plant fossils (called pseudofossils), extraterrestrial debris or human artifacts.

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The peculiar geomorphological shapes are almost perfect spheres of sandstone.

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Falakro Cape

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