Date: 13 Nov 2015
YEHLIU, TAIWAN – Scientists are battling to save Taiwan’s ancient “Queen’s Head” rock
from erosion — but the island is split over whether technology should be used to preserve the precarious natural masterpiece.
Taiwan’s ancient “Queen’s Head” rock photographed (from left to right) in 1969, 1980, 1990 and 2010.
More than three million people visit the coastal landmark in northern Yehliu each year, named for its supposed likeness to England’s Queen Elizabeth I.
The tilting “head” is an imposing sweep of sandstone which mushrooms out of a slender stem.
Honed by sea water and strong winds the head tapers up to a point, likened to the piled-up curls of the eponymous royal.
But at 4,000 years old, exposure to the elements means it may soon topple. [FULL STORY]