Columnar basalt site found at Asifabad of Telangana

Finding columns that look like temple pillars minus carvings turned out to be a find that sheds light on the rich geological heritage of Telangana.

“They looked like temple pillars, but there were no carvings or carvings. This led me to use Google Lens which showed it was ‘columnar basalt’,” Tirupati said. Gite, the heritage enthusiast who discovered the site in the village of Karameri, in the district of Asifabad.

Once Mr. Gite identified the geological formation which was found on a mound about 2 kilometers up the road in a wooded area, he made contact with S. Haragopal, who runs the Kotha Charitra Telangana Brundam.

“This columnar basalt site should be protected so that it is not cultivated or destroyed in another development activity. It can be conserved and transformed into a heritage site,” Mr. Haragopal said.

While earlier sites dotted with columnar basalt have been discovered in Adilabad, Konkan, Madhya Pradesh and other parts of the country, the discovery in Asifabad adds to the geological diversity of the state.

From the Bhongir batholith to the 2,500 million year old rock formations surrounding Hyderabad, to the 65 million year old basalt formation, the state has a comprehensive range of geological attractions.

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