Passing by New Eddystone Rock in Misty Fiords National Monument, Alaska, I am reminded of the turmoil that shaped this land. Sometime in, oh, the last 5 million years, this formation, basalt, came to be because fractures in the floor of the Behm Canal allowed molten lava to rise. Like the formation of the Hawaiian Islands to the west, over time the cooled lava formed a land mass. Only here, that land mass was eventually carved by the movement of glaciers, pulverizing the rock over eons as they advanced and retreated. They left all but a few islands and New Eddystone, here, which stands as a monument to endurance (and luck) for all to admire.
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