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The Moeraki Boulders

Posted by
~~~Ann~~~ (Nelson, New Zealand) on 22 May 2019 in Landscape & Rural.

The Moeraki Boulders on Koekohe Beach are certainly intriguing. They lie on the beach for us to appreciate thanks to the erosive impact of wave action.

The boulders are riddled with large cracks called septaria that radiate outward from a hollow core lined with calcite crystals. The processes that created septaria within the boulders remain a mystery.

The composition of the Moeraki Boulders is virtually identical to septarian concretions that have been found in sedimentary rocks elsewhere in New Zealand, in the Kimmeridge and Oxford Clays of England, and at many other locations worldwide.

Panasonic DMC-G3 1/640 second F/9.0 ISO 160 30 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Existence Artistique from Angers, France


22 May 2019 7:27am

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

J'adore superbe ta photo 5*

22 May 2019 8:01am

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

This "balls" looking awesame.

22 May 2019 9:43am

Jerry from Aberdeen, United States

I've been on a lot of beaches but never seen anything like these boulders. Thanks for sharing and the narrative.

22 May 2019 9:15pm

Dutchess from Lakeside Village, Netherlands

Remarkable boulders! Beautiful toning!

22 May 2019 9:48pm

Darkelf Photography from Perth, Australia

One of my favourite places on south island of NZ. I like the composition and perspective here. Great positioning of the nearest boulder and the ones in the background too.

23 May 2019 3:43am

yoshimiparis from France

beautiful framing, we could not have done better

23 May 2019 8:21am

Panasonic DMC-G3
1/640 second
ISO 160
30 mm (35mm equiv.)