Boulder at Moeraki, New Zealand

Boulder at Moeraki, New Zealand

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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. New Zealand’s inhabitants have different unscientific theories concerning the origin of these boulders. One of them tells that they are fossil dinosaurs’ eggs. The version of aliens landing, who laid the eggs but couldn’t sustain the severe Earth climate, is popular too. But real things were another. Formed in ancient sea floor sediments around 60 million years ago by a similar process to the formation of pearls.

moeraki Boulder at Moeraki, New Zealand

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moeraki1 Boulder at Moeraki, New Zealand

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moeraki2 Boulder at Moeraki, New Zealand

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moeraki3 Boulder at Moeraki, New Zealand

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moeraki4 Boulder at Moeraki, New Zealand

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moeraki5 Boulder at Moeraki, New Zealand

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moeraki6 Boulder at Moeraki, New Zealand

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moeraki7 Boulder at Moeraki, New Zealand

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moeraki8 Boulder at Moeraki, New Zealand

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moeraki9 Boulder at Moeraki, New Zealand

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