Taken 10-Dec-11
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Dimensions11811 x 4724
Original file size9.4 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceAdobe RGB (1998)
Date taken11-Dec-11 06:59
Date modified15-Feb-12 21:20
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon EOS-1D Mark IV
Focal length24 mm
Max lens aperturef/2.8
Exposure1/15 at f/16
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 100
Metering modePattern
Pancake Rocks 3

Pancake Rocks 3

Punakaiki lies halfway between Greymouth and Westport on the West Coast of New Zealand, on the edge of Paparoa National Park. This scenic landmark is best known for its spectacular Pancake Rocks and Blowholes.

These spectacular pancake formations began forming 30 million years ago, created when layers of soft mud and clay settled on the lime-rich fragments of dead marine creatures on the seabed, over time becoming limestone. Earthquakes then raised the seabed above sea level and this limestone was continually being shaped and eroded by wind, rain and sea, etching out the softer layers to create pancake-like layers.

During high tides and particularly where there are strong ocean swells rolling in from the Tasman Sea, you may see the water blasting through the blowholes, sending a spectacular spray of water skywards.