Moeraki Boulders

At Moeraki, 40 kilometres south of Oamaru, huge spherical boulders are scattered along the beach. Others can be seen emerging from the sandstone cliffs. Each boulder weighs several tonnes and is up to two metres high. 

According to Maori legend, the boulders are gourds washed ashore from the great voyaging canoe Araiteuru when it was wrecked upon landfall in New Zealand hundreds of years ago. 

Scientists explain the boulders as calcite concretions formed about 65 million years ago. Crystallization of calcium and carbonates around charged particles gradually formed the boulders in a pearl-like process that took as long as four million years. The soft mudstone containing the boulders was raised from the seabed around 15 million years ago; waves, wind and rain are excavating them one by one. 
http://www.newzealand.com


I was there on the 30 May 2013..

Splendid view..

My SIL and I

Boulders 1, 2, 3..

looks like the turtle's shell

the awesome one..

just like a big marble..

love its beach


Comments

  1. OMG!!! The beach and boulders are so awesome and unusual. My eyes went big!

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  2. The big round rocks looked like Dinosaur's eggs!! LOL

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  3. Sometimes I salute these scientists who are able to detect the age and theory on all the nature's wonders!

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    1. It's amazing, right? Scientists need to be saluted!

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  4. nice beach and amazing spherical boulders scattered all over the beach!! and 15 millions years old?? wow, my mouth went big-O~~

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  5. haha, lucky you just scribble your name on the beach which eventually will disappear.. please don't do that elsewhere and left the mark unremovable!! kekekeke~~ :D

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  6. I think this place will be full during the summer cos the beach is really nice...

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    1. it's must be a place of attraction..

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  7. Morning Wenn, how are you today? I see new backdrop ya - the beautiful blue sky + beach...

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    1. Good morning, Angeline! Fine, thank you! Hope you are too!

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  8. These are all mother nature creation.

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  9. I adore the turtle shape boulders you snap. The line crack amazingly, just like the turtle shell. LoL.

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  10. You were there 30/5, so probably what time to catch this panoramic view?

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  11. So do you get one small stone back to M'sia? hehehe...

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    1. bingo..indeed I just took a small piece of stone..

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    2. Great souvenir for yourself right?

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  12. The boulders look so unique.

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    1. Good morning, Sharon! Have a lovely day ahead!

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  14. Love the drawings on the sands, hehe, I'd do the same if I went there, keke..

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    1. The rocks are pretty amazing too!

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  15. 3rd pic very unique with burst of sunshine. Looks like Guanyin on lotus flower

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  16. that's a lovely shore! i like each of
    your shot! the sand seems fine and
    the sun seems at the perfect hue!

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    1. I particularly liked 2nd 3rd and last shot!
      it could be used as postcards haha

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  17. those boulders was sure interesting,
    we dont have such here! haha
    and it was really old huh

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  18. I was really fascinated by such things!
    it reflects on how the world nurture itself
    to perfection, I just wish for everything to be preserved

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  19. have a great day and happy bloggging wenn
    take the best of care and God bless you always

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  20. I like this beach. The sand is so very fine and nice! I am sure you did have a good time walking on the fine sand and writing your name in it.

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  21. these boulders look fascinating and i love the beach.

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