Fritz Hoffmann’s Beautiful Photos of Glacial Erratic


A glacial erratic is a rock carried and transported by glaciers millions of years ago. When the glaciers melted and receded, it left behind the rocks sticking out like sore thumbs, and at the most oddest of places. Glacial erratics are often carried over from distances of hundreds of kilometers, because of which they are almost always different from the type of rocks native to the region. This makes them easy to spot, but not unless you are a geologist. For most observers, a glacial erratic looks like any other regular boulder.
Photographer Fritz Hoffmann isn’t a geologist but he is a keen observer. Once when scanning the New England landscape while driving along in the winter, Hoffman noticed a repetitive quality in the large rocks on the land. “With the leaves off, I could see them tucked into the woods. They were definitely boulders and not rock outcrops,” said Hoffman. “That piqued my curiosity and it was then that I began to learn what a glacial erratic is.”


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