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The Amazing Pancake Rocks of Punakaiki

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This entry was posted on 1/8/2007 4:04 PM and is filed under New Zealand.

The Pancake Rocks of Punakaiki

We spent the night in Greymouth and the next morning drove north up the coast to Punakaiki.  The highlight of this area is a coastal formation of limestone rocks known as The Pancake Rocks, because of the unusual layering. 



As the rocks were formed from shell deposits over millennium, there were occasional floods of mud that were also laid down.  After the rock was formed deep within the earth, geologic action pushed it up to the surface, where the mud layers were eroded faster than the limestone layers.  It's a rare process know as Stylobedding...




 The result is spectacular!  Layers and layers of thinly stacked rock create these sculptural forms and blowholes.   Combined with the sound of the crashing and surging waves, it was truly worth the whole trip over here to see them.

We'll let the following photos and movies give you a sense of the experience...

Here's the movie...
FEEL THE WAVES HIT THE ROCKS AS WE LOOK AROUND THE PANCAKE ROCKS




















and this 4 image panorama...



and this bridge - the surging ocean going all the way through below...





 

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