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Limestone, Punakaiki (1st of 3)

Limestone, Punakaiki

The Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki on the South Island’s West Coast are composed of limestone. They formed around 35 million years ago into distinctive flat layers that resemble pancakes. Punakaiki is a scenic reserve and is not quarried, but extensive deposits of limestone occur on this northern stretch of the West Coast. At Cape Foulwind, further north, a quarry supplies a large cement works.

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Carl Walrond, 'Rock, limestone and clay - Limestone', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/5223/limestone-punakaiki (accessed 24 February 2020)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 12 Jun 2006