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Hiker stumbles upon 'floating' boulder

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Hiker stumbles upon 'floating' boulder
The 'floating stone' found in Vest-Agder. Photo: Mogens Eskesen
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When Danish nurse Mogens Eskesen stumbled upon this precariously balanced 'floating' boulder on a recent hike, he was surprised to find no one seemed to have noticed it before.
Eskesen, who works as an anaesthetic nurse at a hospital in Kristiansand, was out hiking near the village of Ljosland in Norway's Vest-Agder country, when he came upon the remarkable stone only 15 minutes walk from where he had parked his car. 
 
“I've never heard anyone saying anything about the stone," he told The Local. "It might be that many people have seen it before me, but I haven't seen any pictures of it.” 
 
He said he believed the stone had probably been lying there undocumented for thousands of years. 
 
“It has been placed there by the ice, and the small particles have been blown away during the years, and now there are only three small stones lying underneath,” he said. “I think it's been like that for maybe 10,000 years.” 
 
Ole Fridtjof Frigstad, a retired geologist, told NRK that the find was “wonderful” and that Eskesen was in all probability correct. 
 
“The ice melted down here about 12,000 years ago, so this must have happened at the time the ice melted away,” he said. 
 
 
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