DGJ_8674 - Perce Rock
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The Perce Rock represents one of the major attractions of the Gaspesie region and it became its graphic symbol. The Rock consists of a monumental 470-meters or 1,540-feet long butte rising out of the sea just near the coast. This fascinating geological formation attracts visitors from all the four corners of the world.
The huge mass of rock, sandstone, siltstone and limestone with calcite veining is an exciting site. Its shoreline stretches more than 200 metres in length with a hole of 20 metres high. It stands more than 45 metres high and weighs five million tonnes.
Every year, the Rock Perce loses about 3 hundred tonnes of its mass under the action of water and wind, so if the process is not reversed, it will disappear in about 15 thousand years from now.
More than 150 species of different fossils have been fond here, such as brachiopod, trilobites, dalminites, corals and marine worms.
The rock’s appearance has changed through the times. The French geographer and founder of Quebec City Samuel de Champlain described the Perce Rocl as a large rock of only one arch, in 1603. However, an English officer drew a picture of Percé Rock with double arches, in 1760 and one of this arches collapsed later, in 1845.