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How did the Moeraki Boulders form?

These unusual rocks have long been a source of intrigue. Here is what we know about the creation of the Moeraki Boulders in New Zealand. Spoiler alert: They are not alien eggs. đŸ‘œ

Strange, spherical boulders scattered on the sand


On this beach located in New Zealand, these unusual rocks, measuring between 50 cm and 2 meters in diameter and weighing up to several tons, have long been a source of intrigue. Fossilized dinosaur eggs, relics of Maori ancestors, the work of extraterrestrials


They have inspired many legends. But science has finally solved the mystery: the formation of these rocks began approximately 60 million years ago. Fossilized clay and mud are found in the center, around which sediments such as calcite have accumulated. One layer at a time, the boulders grew larger over the years. The concept is similar to the formation of an oyster pearl. Several hypotheses that may explain the spherical shape of these rocks exist, such as tidal action, gravity, and the pressure that the layers of sediment exert on each other. These are the Moeraki Boulders, one of the most iconic landscapes in New Zealand.

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01/15/2020 8:01 AM

91 comments

  • Donna W.
    6 days

    Amazing!!!

  • Azednal G.
    04/02/2021 02:24

    it might have a treasure inside.

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    03/30/2021 02:07

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  • Barry J.
    03/29/2021 22:46

    You can see some boulders emerging from the cliffs behind the beach

  • Luis A.
    03/29/2021 19:53

    amaizing

  • Michael S.
    03/29/2021 07:33

    Results of electrical discharge on a massive scale?

  • Maria A.
    03/29/2021 03:23

    Interessante

  • Ingrid G.
    03/29/2021 02:40

    đŸ€“

  • Chandralekha S.
    03/28/2021 12:01

    Lovely

  • Gulden L.
    03/28/2021 10:52

    ♄

  • Gulden L.
    03/28/2021 10:52

    😯

  • Kamal M.
    03/28/2021 09:59

    Good

  • Nsanje K.
    03/28/2021 08:56

    🐼đŸŒșđŸŒș

  • Pop L.
    03/27/2021 20:53

    Top

  • Tuli B.
    03/27/2021 19:20

    Loved Moeraki boulders

  • Nagendrasing A.
    03/27/2021 18:48

    Wonderful thanks.

  • Carmen K.
    03/27/2021 17:11

    Thanks for sharing this information

  • Sandrine B.
    03/27/2021 09:49

    :)

  • Carol H.
    03/26/2021 22:16

    My beautiful,unusual and safe country . đŸ„°đŸ‡łđŸ‡żđŸ„°đŸ‡łđŸ‡ż

  • Linda M.
    12/29/2020 18:10

    I wonder if they're ancient remains? Same with these mountains that look man made...

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