Seabourn Club Herald - - IN THIS ISSUE -

New Zealand

For the orig­i­nal Maori set­tlers of New Zealand, the spher­i­cal boulders found on the Otago Penin­sula were formed when gourd bot­tles and eel traps washed onto the beach from the wreck of the colos­sal ca­noe that brought their first an­ces­tors to the is­land. The rocky, curv­ing coast­line of Shag Point – Matakaea – was said to be made of the boat’s pet­ri­fied re­mains. Ge­ol­o­gists say the round stones are ac­tu­ally made of cal­cite crys­tals ce­ment­ing to­gether par­ti­cles of mud and silt in what’s called a “con­cre­tion,” a process that started here around the time the di­nosaurs went ex­tinct.

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