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"Georgia's Giant Rock"


"Georgia's Giant Rock"
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.32

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    carving, granite, actually, easily, drive, east, magma, rocks, below, giant, huge, against, heat, above, notice, crust
     content words:    Piedmont Region, Stone Mountain, Since Stone Mountain, North America, Now Stone Mountain, Robert E., Jefferson Davis, Stonewall Jackson, Civil War


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"Georgia's Giant Rock"   

1     If you drive a few miles east of the city of Atlanta in Georgia's Piedmont Region, you will see a huge gray mountain that seems out of place. If you look closely, you will notice three soldiers on horses carved into the side of the mountain. This famous landmark is Stone Mountain.
 
2     Stone Mountain is actually a granite rock that rises over 800 feet above the land below it. Granite is an igneous rock. That means that it formed from rock heated to thousands of degrees until it melts. Melted rock is called magma.
 
3     Since Stone Mountain is made of granite, many people believe that it must have been a volcano at one time, but this is incorrect. Geologists who study the mountain think that millions of years ago the continents of Africa and North America were pushing against each other. The pressure from these two giant continents created enough heat inside the Earth's crust that a huge pocket of magma formed.

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