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Photographer's Note

Punakaiki is a small community on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, between Westport and Greymouth. The community lies on the edge of the Paparoa National Park.

The Pancake Rocks that Punakaiki is famous for, are limestone formations that began forming 30 million years ago, when lime-rich fragments of dead marine creatures were deposited on the seabed, then overlaid by weaker layers of soft mud and clay.

The seabed was raised above sealevel by earthquakes to form the coastal cliffs and coastline. The sea, wind and rain have since etched out the soft layers to form the unusual rock formations we see today.

When conditions are right, heavy ocean swells thunder into the caverns beneath the rocks and huge water spouts blast skywards through the blowholes in a truly spectacular sight.

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  • Copyright: Bill Denham (uddedge) Silver Note Writer [C: 7 W: 0 N: 20] (133)
  • Genre: 地方
  • Medium: 彩色
  • Date Taken: 2012-08-09
  • Categories: 自然
  • Exposure:f/10.0, 1/640 seconds
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  • Photo Version:Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2012-11-03 15:43
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