Sunday 21 October 2012

Moeraki Boulders

Moeraki Boulders

On a brief trip away from home I had the opportunity to visit the Moeraki Boulders.  They are a popular tourist stop situated on the Otago coast between Dunedin and Oamaru. (Wiki article) The boulders are huge rounded stones that have come from the sandstone cliff.  I have long been familiar with photos of the boulders, but I had not guessed the variety of their surfaces or the interesting formations revealed in the broken ones.  Apparently in the days before they were protected curious people blasted them.

Tourists exploring the boulders
Some are strangely textured
A shattered boulder

A boulder still emerging from the sandstone cliff

Fragments scattered on the beach.  The grey and rust area top right is the reef

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