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This is are located at Dolomite Point, near the little settlement of Punakaiki .

The Pancake Rocks are most spectacular in the Putai area. They were formed 30 million years ago from minute fragments of dead marine creatures and plants landed on the seabed about 2 km below the surface. Immense water pressure caused the fragments to solidify in hard and soft layers. Gradually seismic action lifted the limestone above the seabed. Mildly acidic rain, wind and seawater sculpted the bizarre shapes.

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  • Copyright: Elodie Richard (Tui75) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 18] (19)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2008-03-00
  • Categories: Nature
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2011-08-01 2:08
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