Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Ancient method of breaking a granite rock, Avissawella, Sri Lanka.

When a large piece of rock has to be broken, a fire is lit under it. Within a few hours the stone cracks and part of it falls away. This can be repeated over and over again. I took this picture in a village a few miles outside Avissawella. This must have been a very ancient method of breaking up large rocky outcroppings.