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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. 👽

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
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  • Sin J.
    01/31/2020 17:03

    All bs xD thats alien eggs.

  • Adventuristang A.
    01/29/2020 23:39

    Nature has its own way of showing people that there is GOD because human has no explanation for such wonder😆

  • Lütfiye K.
    01/24/2020 17:47

    Nasıl bu kayalar hale gelmişler ?

  • Nadeem R.
    01/24/2020 00:07

    These may be larg bodies of molten lava coming out of the earth under water and then those lava bodies rolled around on the sea floor by strong currents resulting in round shapes. And a tectonic plate lift got those out of water where they are now. (Or may be they are ball bearing of a wasted galactic motorcycle)

  • Magdalena P.
    01/23/2020 17:57

    ... dacă nu se vrea să știm de unde provin....le admirăm...feeric peisaj...🍀❤️😂😂😂😂

  • Hamidi A.
    01/23/2020 04:06

    سبحان الله الخالق

  • Kiki P.
    01/23/2020 01:44

    Sakjane kuiki opo toh? Tak bedek iku keneker ge dukungan Buto ijo bien

  • Jas K.
    01/22/2020 14:29

    Don't tell me... these are Mordor stone Bullets ! 😮😮🤔

  • Nina G.
    01/22/2020 07:34

    Not dinosaur eggs?

  • Kriszta F.
    01/21/2020 15:23

    , 🌷

  • James L.
    01/21/2020 07:49

    Im not satisfy what scientist xplain they shorten the story so that they can give answer easily and feed into your mind... end of the story...

  • Nimf G.
    01/21/2020 00:22

    Amazing!!!

  • Raúl G.
    01/20/2020 21:18

    Fue idea del maestro Tabarez cuando entrenaba a la selección local. Como no había plata para pelotas de marca, mandó hacer algunas de piedra. Las primeras salieron un poco grandes y hubo que tirarlas. Y ahí están.

  • Yaj S.
    01/20/2020 13:49

    duol rani sa inyuha dha maw ?

  • Suzan M.
    01/20/2020 08:22

    سبحان الله

  • Suhashini G.
    01/20/2020 07:26

    .

  • Anibal A.
    01/20/2020 03:20

    Great !!!

  • DrPrashant P.
    01/20/2020 02:42

    सुंदर !👌

  • Karlen J.
    01/20/2020 01:00

    Kuya malapit ka ba sa area na yan???

  • Dimitri P.
    01/19/2020 23:12

    Fossilised ancient giant alien poo...