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Birth of a boulder!

Posted by
Maxine (Christchurch, New Zealand) on 5 October 2008 in Landscape & Rural.

Emerging from the cliff,as if being born from the earth the world famous Moeraki Boulders are septerian concretions formed some 65 million years ago.Crystallisation of calcium and carbonate around charged particles in muddy undersea sediments formed the boulders in a process taking as long as 4 million years!The soft mudstone containing the boulders was raised from the sea bed around 15 million years ago, and sea erosion is exposing the erosion resistant boulders. Here is one being exposed from the cliff face. PUSH!!!! Oh by the way, that is Richard catching the moment! We had been to a funeral and were in good clobber but could not resist stopping to see the boulders as the tide was ideal.

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kylie from Shanghai, China

PUSH!! LOL, too funny! Thanks for the history on the formation of the boulders Max, its quite interesting to see this one has many beautiful colours in it as it emerges. Having Richard in the shot, also taking its photo really adds interest too. Good work!

5 Oct 2008 6:03am

@kylie: Thanks Kylie,it was an interesting day and i fully intend to travel back down there and stay for a week with sunrises and sunsets and different tides!

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

Great image Max and I really think it makes it with Richard in there too:-) I have seen this and I have to say you have made it look as spectacilar as it really is...Bravo to you!!!!

5 Oct 2008 6:04am

@Linerberry: Thanks C, its hard to get the sense of scale if there isn't a person in the shot.

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

Fabulous Max very well captured and a great explanation too. Nice to see that poor Richard also enjoys taking photos so probably doesn't complain at having to stop hundreds of times in a day.

5 Oct 2008 6:17am

@jamesy: Richard got some cracker shots that day! he should be on aminus with us but says its my thing! Wait until the end shot, i think he had something to complain about! but he never did-amazing!

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

What an unusual photography. And your title is really the right one !

5 Oct 2008 9:15am

@Calusarus: Yes it looks like the cliff is giving birth, fascinating place Calusarus.

Charles from New York, United States

Very interesting shot. Gives you a sense of the size next to Richard.

5 Oct 2008 10:40pm

@Charles: Hard to get that sense of scale without someone in the shot! they are fascinating things these boulders Charles.

dj.tigersprout from San Bruno, CA, United States

wow -- really splendid! i have never seen boulders 'born' this way? truly spectacular!!

7 Oct 2008 4:05am

@dj.tigersprout: really unusual and so like a birth!