Rock Stacks

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The Twelve Apostles are limestone pillars off the southern Victorian coastline, about 275 km from Melbourne.

There are no longer twelve apostles as several have collapsed in recent decades. The current figure is eight. The constant action of the waves beating at the limestone pillars of the Twelve Apostles, over time, has resulted in weakening of the thinner foundations at the waterline. The weight above the waterline is sufficient to cause the collapse.

The formations were originally caused by erosion from the strong waves and the salt-laden winds of the Southern Ocean.

Victoria - Australia

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  • jaume Morera Barreda

    jaume Morera Barreda gave props (3 Apr 2016):

    Fabulous scenery !!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (3 Apr 2016):

    A geologist's delight! Great backstory, Chris. Is there any sailing between the formations?

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (3 Apr 2016):

    Thankyou, Jaume & Dick :)

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (3 Apr 2016):

    @ Dick. Thankyou for you're lovely comment my Friend! No, no sailing along this rugged coastline. It is one of the roughest Oceans in the World!!!!!

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk said (3 Apr 2016):

    Thankyou, Carol for the "Spot-light"!. Hoping to see some of you're work soon :)

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (4 Apr 2016):

    a cool view!

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (4 Apr 2016):

    Thankyou, Tia!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (4 Apr 2016):

    In the background I see that big wave coming in. This is an excellent capture and narration of how the limestone pillars are collapsing.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (4 Apr 2016):

    Wonderful levels and layers of colors tones in water and sky!

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (4 Apr 2016):

    Thankyou Ann & Andrea!! Lovely to hear from you both, it's been a long time :)

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