Pancake Rocks, New Zealand

Pancake Rocks, New Zealand

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Caption: Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki, on the west coast of New Zealand's South Island. The rocks were formed by a chemical process called stylobedding, which caused sediments to be laid down in alternate bands of durable and less-durable layers. Subsequent uplift and weathering has resulted in immense stacks of limestone, interspersed with blowholes, which the waves burst through at high tide. The Pancake Rocks are a popular tourist destination, drawing thousands of visitors a year.

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