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Norfolk Island's Formation

Norfolk Island's Formation
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-15
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Norfolk Island Holiday
Date Submitted: 2007-09-18 2:45
Viewed: 5494
Points: 26
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Norfolk Island's Formation

This is Cascade Bay on the east coast of Norfolk Island.

I have just spent a great week’s holiday on Norfolk Island, an island located in the South Pacific Ocean, east of the Australian mainland.

It is located at 29°02′S, 167°57′E. It has an area of 34.6 km˛ (13.3 mi˛), roughly 5 x 3 miles in size with 32 km of coastline.

More than two and a half million years ago the island that is now known as Norfolk was formed from the lava ejected by an undersea volcano. Physically the island is the highest point in a huge chain of mountains running 1100 miles from New Zealand to New Caledonia: the Norfolk Ridge.

Eastward this vast submerged range is separated from the Australian continent by a plain 10,000 feet below sea level and a trench plunging more than 33,000 feet into the earth's crust.

The island's highest point, Mount Bates, stands at 1,085 feet above sea level, but in actual fact is the tip of a mountain much larger than Mount Everest, the bulk of Mount Bates being submerged under the blue waters of the South Pacific.

Erosion of the island's coast by the surrounding sea has reduced the island to about one-third its original size, and has formed the high cliffs that now make up much of its rugged coastline.

Geological surveys have shown that the area surrounding Norfolk Island has all the earmarks indicating large natural gas and oil deposits. These as yet untapped resources, may, however, never contribute to the island, as Australia - 1,000 miles to the west - continues to lay claim to ownership of Norfolk Island's territorial waters and 200-mile economic zone.

Note the Norfolk Island Pine trees – they grow everywhere on the island.

Norfolk Island Pines, Araucaria heterophylla, are native to Norfolk Island. They may reach a height of 80 - 100 feet in their natural habitat. The Pine is quite beautiful and symmetrical, and the foliage has a soft texture.

The foliage is soft looking and light green. Leaves on young trees are narrowly wedge-shaped, about 0.5 in (1.3 cm) long; on mature trees the leaves are scale like and overlapping, about 0.25 in (0.6 cm) long. The juvenile foliage of the Norfolk Island pine is soft and pliable as well as durable and beautiful!

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Hello Janice
Very nice shot from Cascade Bay,
Great composition ,lighting and POV,Welldone.

Good Luck

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-09-18 5:44]

Delightful landscape/seascape! I love the richness of the colour and the composition is superb

Hi Janice,
A very appealing seascape!
I like the composition made with the shore line, and the way it changes form the arid rock to the green grass over.
It's very good the combination of the colours made here.
Well done and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

The composition is well taken, the atmosphere is good. Beautiful seaside.
Best wishes,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-09-18 7:57]

Hi Janice,
That sounds like an exciting holiday! Beautiful capture of this dramatic coastline and the vast ocean. Great DOF and beautiful colours. I like the POV and the composition is excellent. Thanks for the interesting note about the island and the the pines!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-09-18 8:12]

Hi Janice!

Beautifull and very relaxing view! I love deep colour of sea, white waves, line of coast. Poor trees - they're going to jump soon :-)

Hi Janice,
This looks like such a wonderful place to be at. The rughed coastline with the breaking surf surely gives this area a stress free feel.
I like you high POV overlooking the cliff and clean ocean. The composition with the patch of grass in the FG and the single large tree positioned in the scenery is wonderful and gives the photo a lot of depth. Great work on the exposure and sharpness.

This is a nice richly saturated image Janice. You captured the essence of this steep and rugged coastline. It looks like you had wonderful weather for your holiday. The strong diagonal punctuated by the vertical trees is effective.

Evelynn : )

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-09-19 3:24]
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Hello Janice,
When we think of Norfolk Island most of us associate it with the famous 'pine', though the tree itself is more closely related to the S. American Monkey Puzzle.
This is a beautifully composed land/seascape shot the shoreline forming a perfect diagonal. The rocky coast looks very attractive.
I'm surprised to see how heavily grazed it is. Would the grazing animals be sheep?
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

This is a great composition/POV Janice, with the shoreline running diagonally up through the frame left to right..
Very good color and detail,
It's "ribbit" good..(that's toad speak BTW) ;}

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-10-07 12:16]

Hello Janice,
Very nice landscape shot. Great diagonal composition. I like very much the suede look of the grass cover. Beauty of that cliffs is breathtaking.
Best greetings & TFS!

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-02-08 1:42]

Nice composition and color. Wonderful landscape

Hallo Janice
I really like this coastal scene. It is colourful and relaxing to look at. A nice and calm scenario with lots of wide and open space you have posted here. It reminds me off a place where you want to escape to when the daily rat-race gets too much. A peaceful mix of beautiful sea and bright blue sky. The water looks so inviting, and although I don't really like to swim, I'll reconsider to splash into that cool and refreshing looking water. Great landscape as usual. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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