‘You might see this in a museum’: Boulder sparks curiosity on Toronto streets


A newly-unearthed boulder in downtown Toronto — perhaps billions of years old — is attracting a lot of attention.Crews recently unearthed the giant rock, estimated to weigh 2,000 kilograms, while excavating a future parkette at Bloor and Major streets.READ MORE: Royal Ontario Museum’s 3rd Monday Nights Free initiative gives public free admission“I love biodiversity and I like rocks, too, and I have a collection of them at home, too,” said Farzan Farid, who was passing by the boulder with his father.Other people in the area theorized about the boulder’s origin and makeup.“We have quartz over here and then something like granite,” said Pasha Kulinich as he looked over the rock. “I took one geology class, but it’s definitely very interesting.“You might see this in a museum or something.”This is the rock everyone is talking about. Crews unearthed it while excavating a parkette at Bloor and Major Street. ROM earth sciences technician Katherine Dunnell estimates it’s between 1B and 2.5B years old. @globalnewsto pic.twitter.com/q9UfN6dyt0— Albert Delitala (@AlbertGlobal) July 26, 2019
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The sizeable stone is also piquing the interest of researchers at the Royal Ontario Museum.Katherine Dunnell, an earth sciences technician, estimates it to be between one and 2.5 billion years old, offering a window into Canada’s natural past.READ MORE: Temporary bridge for Kingston’s ‘third crossing’ to be made out of 80K tonnes of rocks“Canada really has a very large and old history, geologically, so these are just lovely little reminders of that, and it’s great to see how curious people are about it,” Dunnell said.Dunnell told Global News the rock was likely dropped by a glacier 12,000 to 15,000 years ago, after dragging it all the way from northern Ontario.READ MORE: ‘It’s actually terrifying:’ Boaters stranded by high water levels on Lake Ontario“It is obviously not a rock from where we live … in southern Ontario,” she said. “Those rocks are paleozoic limestone. This is a granite.”The Bloor Annex Business Improvement Area plans to incorporate the boulder into another new parkette a few blocks down the street.“It’s a link to our natural history,” said its chair, Brian Burchell.“Nothing could be more validating than finding it here.”WATCH: (2018) Caught on Camera: Out-of-control boulder nearly crushes driver in Taiwan ‘You might see this in a museum’: Boulder sparks curiosity on Toronto streetshttps://globalnews.ca/news/5691292/bloor-street-boulder-toronto/