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Moeraki Boulders

March 1, 2015

Moeraki BouldersThe Moeraki Boulders are giant spherical stones strewn along the beach at Moeraki, between Oamaru and Dunedin.

There are many theories as to their origins including:

– food baskets and sweet potatoes washed ashore from the shipwreck of one of the first Maori canoes

– alien or prehistoric eggs

– volcano bombs

– balls formed around limestone crystals on the seabed and thrown up when the land rose

– spheres created by lightening strikes

The boulders were smaller than I expected, although some were still as big as me, and several appeared to be casting a carapace not unlike giant turtle shells.

Perhaps they are stone trolls waiting to snap into shape like the rolling rocks on the film ‘Frozen’.

Whatever their origin, the Moeraki Boulders are a unique feature of the landscape in this area.

Moeraki Boulder


From → Travel Writing

One Comment
  1. geology is so interesting!

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