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Pancake Rocks are located at Dolomite Point, near the little settlement of Punakaiki which is located on SH6 (State Highway 6), 40 minutes drive north of Greymouth and 50 minutes south of Westport.

Looking like giant pancakes the curious limestone formations are especially spectacular at high tide. The Pancake Rocks are most spectacular in the Putai area. They were formed 30 million years ago from minute fragments of dead marine creatures and plants landed on the seabed about 2 km below the surface. Immense water pressure caused the fragments to solidify in hard and soft layers. Gradually seismic action lifted the limestone above the seabed. Mildly acidic rain, wind and seawater sculpted the bizarre shapes.

On this day, we drove down the West Coast of the Southern Island from Charleston to Okarito under a heavy rain. The only small appearance of a sunray lasted for 10 minutes when we were visiting this incredible site. Maybe someone up there decided that we deserved some decent light for the occasion…

Have a great day all of you and… Hope you will enjoy!

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Camera Model Name : Canon EOS 5D
Firmware : Firmware Version 1.1.1
Shooting Date/Time : 09/05/2009 01:43:09
Tv(Shutter Speed) : 1/160Sec.
Av(Aperture Value) : F5.6
Metering Modes : Evaluative metering
Exposure Compensation : -1
ISO Speed : 200
Lens : EF17-40mm f/4L USM
Focal Length : 17,0 mm
Image size : 4368 x 2912
Image Quality : RAW
Flash : Off
White Balance : Auto
AF mode : One-Shot AF
Picture Style : Landscape
Color Space : Adobe RGB
File Size : 13515 KB
Drive Mode : Continuous shooting

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