Stone Mountain, a quartz monzonite dome monadock is located in Georgia, United States with a height of 1,686 feet. Known for its geology and enormous bas-relief, it is popularly known as a pink granite dome. It developed during the formation of the Blue Ridge Mountains as a pluton. It formed from the process of melting of magma which then gets solidified in granite extending to 14km underground. It was primarily owned by the Venable Brothers and was later sold to the State of Georgia in 1958. Its summit comprises of bare rocks and rock pools and the low elevations are wooded, all providing the scenic views of surrounding area. The rare flora species of Georgia oak and Confederate Yellow Daisy flowers were discovered here in rock crevices and huge wooded areas for the first time. It had the world’s largest bas relief sculpture with a surface measuring 3 acres known as the Confederate Memorial Carving depicting three Confederate leaders of the Civil War namely President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson along with their favorite horses. Stone Mountain played a significant role in the revival of the Ku Klux Klan. The United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) established the Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial Association (SMCMA) which jointly funded the projects of the Stone Mountain and supervised their functioning. Stone Mountain was then purchased by the state of Georgia in 1958. It now manages and regulates the activities of the Stone Mountain with the help of the Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation. Stone Mountain was first founded by European explorers in 1597. Its granite was used in the construction of numerous buildings and structures. It provided sites for Olympic events of 1996. Popular places of interest in the Stone Mountain include Confederate Hall, the Antebellum Plantation and Farmyard, Crossroads, The Great Barn, Broadcast Tower, Geyser Towers and the Scenic Railroad. It also has several famous trails which are the Walk-up Trail, Cherokee Trail, Nature Garden Trail and Songbird Habitat Trails. Activities like sky ride, riverboat, sky hiking are carried out in the mountain to attract tourists. It also hosts the Stone Mountain Laser Show Spectacular in the months of summer season for fun and entertainment.
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