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Hopewell Rocks partially collapses in New Brunswick

Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 9:39 AM - Part of the "elephant rock" -- one of the rock formations that makes up the Hopewell Rocks -- has collapsed.

The Hopewell Rocks -- arguably one of the most famous natural formations in the country -- are located in the Bay of Fundy, which stretches between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

It is home to the highest tides in the world.

Standing between 12 and 20 metres high, the Hopewell Rocks attract countless visitors each year and are the result of years of erosion.

According to officials for the site, approximately 200 tonnes from the the elephant rock broke away Monday.

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Has anyone seen my elephant?Elephant Rock underwent a major change this morning as approximately half the formation...

Posted by The Hopewell Rocks on Monday, March 14, 2016

"Has anyone seen my elephant?" reads a Monday statement on the Hopewell Rocks Facebook page.

"Elephant Rock underwent a major change this morning as approximately half the formation calved off onto Sea Cave Rock. Elephant Rock is a favorite among guests and is even featured on the New Brunswick Medicare card. Please keep in mind that the cliff formations are never 100% safe but are even more dangerous this time of year. This is a particularly volatile time for the rock as spring temperatures rise and the nights stay cold."

Officials for the rocks say that while unfortunate, this sort of event is "to be expected":

"Our 'rocks' landscape endures incredible forces of nature in the form of tide, wind, rain, snow and brutal temperature variations, it is ever changing," The Hopewell Rocks says on Facebook.

"The collapse alters a certain dynamic, but who knows what may emerge from what at first glance looks like nothing more than rubble ... stay tuned."

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