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D'Entrecasteaux National Park, Black Point - Stepping Stones
Australia

There are not that many places in the world where you can see these unusual rock formations (that's probably why they are called unusual ;)

This is one of the six that exist in the whole Australia.

These columns are formed when the basaltic lava erupts in large volume creating a thick layer, which contracts as it cools down and eventually fractures. The diameter of these columns depends on the rate of cooling - the faster the cooling the smaller the diameter. When the contractional forces are distributed equally in each direction, the columns are likely to take hexagonal shapes.

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Copyright: Tomasz Makarewicz
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 14328x7164
Taken: 16/10/2013
Uploaded: 10/11/2013
Updated: 12/08/2014
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Tags: d'entrecasteaux; national park; black point; stepping stones; basalt; hexagonal; columns; volcanic; beach; cliff; bush; ocean; bushwaling; camping; fishing; makarewicz; australia; western australia; wa; oz
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