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Ball's Pyramid

Natural Heritage

The cultural heritage includes Ball’s Pyramid, the world’s largest volcanic stack, located in the Pacific Ocean twenty kilometres southeast of the island in the protected Marine Park.

Ball’s Pyramid is the remnant of an ancient shield volcano that formed over a magma hotspot, and its seamount rises 561m above sea level. It is the world’s tallest sea stack of basalt rock, and is a uniquely remarkable sight of natural beauty and wonder.

Ball’s Pyramid is also home to the endangered Lord Howe Island Land Lobster. Once thought to be extinct, in 2001 scientists rediscovered the Land Lobster living on Ball’s Pyramid. Being an isolated ocean stack, it is thought the Land Lobsters are protected from introduced pests such as rats – who are blamed for the significant reduction in the population.

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