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Rocks or Fossils

May 3, 2016

When walking back from Aramoana to Pourerere I came across a collection of rocks that reminded me of the Moeraki Boulders and also a whole group that reminded me of Ammonites and large fossilised turret shells.  I did not know if these are in fact fossils or just vivid imagination on my part.  So here is a gallery with my interpretation.  No doubt someone can give a more informed opinion on these ‘fossils’

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This one looks very similar to a Moeraki Boulder.  There were quite a number of these ranging from perfectly spherical to egg shaped to cylindrical with spherical end caps.  Where they had broken apart they were stratified to some degree but not to the same degree as Moeraki boulders.  I think they are accreted boulders very similar to Moeraki boulders but formed in different strata.

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This photo and the following three show different views of a single rock which I believe to be an ammonite or a similar creature having a coiled form with segmentation around a core.  It appears to be formed with some hints of a snail type shape.  Or perhaps it is just imagination!!!

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This one has a spiral form much like a squat turret shell.   It was a bit difficult to get a good shot of the spiral form on the side and also to get a shot of the base.  But for want of a better description I would call it  a squat turret.

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This one and the next  show a spiral segmented form like a flattened shell.  Hard to describe but there were quite a number with this form.

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All of the above where found in an area of about 500 metres by 50 metres.  The ones shown are representative of a very large number of partial relics.  There may have been better examples and more types but I did not have the time to see more as the tide had turned and I wanted to get around the cliffs without being trapped.