A monolith is a geological feature such as a mountain, consisting of a single massive stone or rock, or a single piece of rock placed as, or within, a monument. Erosion usually exposes the geological formations, which are most often made of very hard and solid metamorphic or igneous rock.

The word derives from the Latin word monolithus from the Greek word μονόλιθος (monolithos), derived from μόνος ("one" or "single") and λίθος ("stone").


Geological monoliths

Large, well-known monoliths include:


Landsat 7 image Brandberg Massif, Namibia



Savandurga, India from the northern side
Sangla Hill, Pakistan
Eagle Mount, Taft, Iran


  • Uluru (Ayers Rock), Northern Territory, Australia
  • Pine Mountain, Victoria, Australia
  • Bald Rock, near Tenterfield, New South Wales
  • Mount Coolum, Queensland
  • Mount Wudinna, near Wudinna, South Australia
  • Kokerbin Rock, Western Australia
  • Mount Chudalup, D'Entrecasteaux National Park, near Northcliffe, Western Australia


North America

United States

Beacon Rock, Washington viewed from the west


Stawamus Chief as seen from Valleycliffe neighborhood in Squamish
  • Stawamus Chief, Squamish, British Columbia
  • Satsalla Peak, British Columbia


South America

  • Pedra da Gávea, Brazil the world's largest monolith on the coastline
  • Pão de Açúcar, Brazil
  • Torres del Paine, Chile
  • El Penol, Colombia

Monumental monoliths

Gomateswara 983 CE, a Jain god, world's largest standing monolith image
Ellora Caves, temple in India

A structure which has been excavated as a unit from a surrounding matrix or outcropping of rock.[5]

Extraterrestrial Monoliths

Phobos Monolith
  • Phobos Monolith

See also


  1. ^ López Domínguez, Leonor (May 2001). "Villa de Bernal and its Magic Mountain". México Desconocido #291. 
  2. ^ "Peña de Bernal - Bernal - Queretaro" (in spanish). Retrieved 25 November 2008. 
  3. ^ Cava Northrop, Laura; Dwight L. Curtis, Inc. Let'S Go, Natalie Sherman, Raul Carrillo (2007). Let's Go Mexico: On a Budget. Macmillan. p. 370. ISBN 9780312374525. 
  4. ^ Escobar Ledesma, Agustín (1999). Recetario del semidesierto de Querétaro: Acoyos, rejalgares y tantarrias. Conaculta. p. 75. ISBN 9789701839102. 
  5. ^ "Glossary". 

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