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Moeraki Boulders 5/6

Posted by
Jules (Drayton, United Kingdom) on 4 June 2013 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

The Moeraki Boulders are large and spherical boulders found on the Koekohe Beach on the wave cut Otago coast between Moeraki and Hampden.

Local Māori legends explain the boulders as the remains of eel baskets, calabashes, and kumara washed ashore from the wreck of Arai-te-uru, a large sailing canoe. In more recent times they have become a popular tourist attraction, often described and pictured in numerous web pages and tourist guides.

The Moeraki Boulders are concretions created by the cementation of mudstone. The main body of the boulders started forming in what was then marine mud, near the surface of the sea floor. They gain their shape through calcium diffusion as opposed to a fluid flow, and the larger boulders (2 metres in diameter) are estimated to have taken 4 to 5.5 million years to grow while 10 to 50 metres of marine mud accumulated on the seafloor above them. The cracks known as septaria are created by quartz, dolomite and brown & yellow calcites being laid by fresh groundwater. Tidal erosion of the mudstone bedrock frequently exposes new boulders.

flwyddyn yn ôl

Panasonic DMC-FZ18 1/400 second F/8.0 ISO 100 131 mm (35mm equiv.)

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

They really do have the look of some sort of prehistoric eggs, perhaps we will see one crack and a magnificent dragon will be born, or am I just being silly !

4 Jun 2013 6:25am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Fascinating stuff

4 Jun 2013 6:31am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

My thoughts were along the same lines as Dougs, either a dinosoar or an alien is going to hatch any moment

4 Jun 2013 6:59am

shooter from lincoln, United Kingdom

These look amazing I've seen them before on blogs but on the shore line

4 Jun 2013 7:18am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Again, these are so difficult to believe as 'natural' formations !

4 Jun 2013 7:29am

Veronique from France-and-, Switzerland

Fascinating !

4 Jun 2013 7:41am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

It's really beautiful. Have a nice day.

4 Jun 2013 7:50am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

I'm finding these stones pretty fascinating, difficult to imagine them being rolled about by the force of tides either.

4 Jun 2013 8:37am

Martine from bousval, Belgium

Un super cadrage

4 Jun 2013 9:29am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Great framing of it !

4 Jun 2013 10:41am

franz from Baden, Austria

awesome textures on that rock ... and well placed within the frame !

4 Jun 2013 12:32pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Very nice. I like the textures, too.

4 Jun 2013 12:43pm

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

well presented

4 Jun 2013 12:57pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Un boulet de canon!!! Superbe série. Bonne journée.

4 Jun 2013 3:31pm

Devi from Chennai, India

Fascinating !!! Love this series.....

4 Jun 2013 3:32pm

Alan44 from Saint Nazaire, Loire Atlantique, France

Semi ensablée celle-ci.

4 Jun 2013 5:50pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

For a second it seemed to me a turtle. Amazing form.

4 Jun 2013 7:36pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & wonderful!!!!!!!
so beautiful colors, lights & texture!

4 Jun 2013 9:39pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Love the textures

4 Jun 2013 9:41pm

Mohammad/N from shiraz, Iran

so beautiful textures
well done

4 Jun 2013 11:18pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Amazing that they are so old. They are really interesting. Wonderful image.

4 Jun 2013 11:59pm

Baldwin Vandewalle from Bejuma, Venezuela

The texture is really great ... it's interesting to see how it falls apart in layers. Impressive !!!

5 Jun 2013 12:19am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

the textures and detail are indeed superb! you gave this place a lot of warranted attention - well done!

5 Jun 2013 1:55am

Panasonic DMC-FZ18
1/400 second
ISO 100
131 mm (35mm equiv.)