Pancake Rocks: a geological oddity

Pancake rocks

The pancake rocks are so named because they are stacked in thin layers resembling a pile of pancakes.  Geologists have come up with numerous theories on why the rocks have formed into such unusual shapes but as of yet there is no agreed upon solution to explain the unusual formation.  Some believe that the limestone rocks were layered with a softer mud layer that eventually wore away by erosion, others think the shapes were formed by geological upheavals which flattened out the rocks as they were pushed upwards.  Whatever the answer these unusual towers jutting up from the sea are fascinating to look at.

Pancake rocks

Rock formations and long exposure

Pancake rocks and the ocean

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