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NTU to study erosion control

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The Yehliu Scenic Area (野柳風景區) Administration has entrusted the Geoscience Department of National Taiwan University to study erosion control to save the mushroom-shaped rocks that are the main tourist draw at the northern Taiwan cape, administration director Shih Chao-hui (施照輝) said yesterday. Shih said that the famous "Queen Head Rock," which is a landmark on the 1.7km promontory, is endangered because efflorescence and wave erosion has caused the "neck" of the "Queen" to become ever thinner. Local geoscience experts have said that the formation will survive for another 15 to 25 years at most, and could collapse in a strong earthquake, according to Shih.

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