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Moeraki Boulders


Moeraki Boulders
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Copyright: Lior Almagor (LiorAlmagor) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14 W: 0 N: 90] (1266)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03-21
Categories: Ocean
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 8800
Exposure: f/5.9
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-09-06 1:11
Viewed: 6092
Points: 8
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This week I am in mood of special geology rocks.
Moeraki Boulders in Curio Bay, South Island New-Zealand is a very unique phenomena.
The Moeraki Boulders are unusually large and spherical boulders lying along a stretch of Koekohe Beach on the wave cut Otago coast of New Zealand between Moeraki and Hampden. They occur scattered either as isolated or clusters of boulders within a stretch of beach where they have been protected in a scientific reserve. The erosion by wave action of mudstone, comprising local bedrock and landslides, frequently exposes embedded isolated boulders. These boulders are grey-colored septarian concretions, which have been exhumed from the mudstone enclosing them and concentrated on the beach by coastal erosion.
Local Māori legends explained the boulders as the remains of eel baskets, calabashes, and kumara washed ashore from the wreck of an Arai-te-uru, a large sailing canoe. This legend tells of the rocky shoals that extend seaward from Shag Point as being the petrified hull of this wreck and a nearby rocky promontory as being the body of the canoe's captain. The boulders were described in 1850 colonial reports and numerous popular articles since that time. In more recent times they have become a popular tourist attraction, often described and pictured in numerous web pages and tourist guides.

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amazing balls, dash Ori

Interesting geological phenomenon, excellent photo. regards yiannis

Hello Lior,
Amazing rocks. Very interesting form. The details, colors and focus are perfect.
Thanks for sharing!
Marius.

Hallo Lior
What a beautiful 'picture' this geological rocks make. A very interesting scenery to look at and even more interesting to read your note about these boulders. I also think that this is an excellent photo as it is not something we see everyday. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.
Anna

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