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Christchurch, New Zealand - 15th November 2016

By: Apperveilchen

This beautiful building is the Arts Centre in Christchurch, my last stop in New Zealand.

ChristChurch Cathedral was one of the buildings damaged in the earthquake on 22. February 2011 and only stabilized but not rebuilt since.

The Re-Store mall, basically little shops in container that took the place of collapsed city center buildings.
That was New Zealand for me. Where to next?

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South Island to Auckland, New Zealand - 18th November 2016

By: Apperveilchen

The obligatory money shot:
My last view of the mountains of the South Island on my way to Auckland.
waiting to board the plane to Australia:

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Pinnacles, Nambung NP, Western Australia - 19th November 2016

By: Apperveilchen

Next stop: Western Australia!
Driving north from Perth I came through an area with lots of these grass trees and not much else. Grass treees grow very slowly, only about 2cm a year, which is why bigger ones are really expensive if you want one in your garden. They grow back very well after fires and are important to Aboriginals because the big flowering spike on top produces nectar and can be used to make spears plus the tree produces resin, natural super glue.

Next stop in Nambung National Park: These lime stone formations are called the pinnacles. They might have been created by roots of plants the grew in the dune and left behind fossilized harder areas in the softer groound that eventually eroded, leaving the lime stone pinnacles, but the full theories are very complex and there's more than one possible explanation.
Here you can see the different colors of sand: the white one (due to lime) along the Indian Ocean and the yellow one (due to silica) around the pinnacles:

An Australian Christmastree:

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pink lake, Western Australia - 19th November 2016

By: Apperveilchen

It's not super colorful, but this is one of the pink lakes. The color comes from archaea and algae that live in waters with very high salinity.


* Posted Sep 13, 2017, 4:53 pm Last edited Oct 6, 2017, 5:13 pm by Apperveilchen [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Murchison River Gorge, Western Australia - 20th November 2016

By: Apperveilchen

This is the view from the z bend into the beautiful gorge.
And there are some tracks left a long time ago by comparably huge anthropods.
I climbed down into gorge:

This is another part of the river gorge.
And some local fauna:

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Hamelin Pool, Shark Bay, Western Australia - 20th November 2016

By: Apperveilchen

Hamelin Pool Marine Nature Reserve is part of the UNESCO WHS Shark Bay because of the  living stromatolites, structures built by cyanobacteria, some of the oldest forms of life on earth that made other life possible by creating oxygen through photosynthesis.

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Shell Beach, Shark Bay, Western Australia - 20th November 2016

By: Apperveilchen

Shell Beach is also part of Shark Bay and a part of the coast where the water has very high salinity, because of which Fragum erugatum thrives here and its shells have collected along the beach, creating a kind of stone in the parts further from the water.

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