Hoary with age, these patterns look like fields separated by dry stone walls submitting to a rising ocean. They are however an entirely geological phenomenon called tessellated pavement, caused by the interaction between erosion and the joints that form naturally in rocks as they are slowly uncovered and the pressure from the disappeared overlying rocks releases. The lower rocks then expand and split, sometimes in amazing geometrical forms like these orthogonal joint patterns.
My contribution to ‘Those Who Remain’, a collaborative art book promoting awareness and conservation of the Southern Resident Killer Whales, and orcas in general. All funds raised from it’s kickstarter - backed beyond the goal - were split between the Center for Whale Research and the Orca Network.
Pictured are two Australian orcas, the bull
EA_0038 ‘Jagged Fin’
in the foreground, hunting off the Tasman peninsula. Avid climbers might recognize the location and unique geological formations! This illustration was featured alongside a short informative article about our Aussie orcas, which can be read here.
A thin isthmus of land called Eaglehawk Neck connects the Forestier Peninsula and Tasman Peninsula to mainland Tasmania on the island’s southeastern coast. A set of fractured, Permian aged siltsones exposed at the coastline produce this spectacular feature known as the Tessellated Pavement.
Dwarfed by the towering cliff faces of the Tasman Peninsula. @JasonLStephens captured this stunning perspective from the Peninsula’s wild waters, looking up at some of the highest sea-cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere. The area is teeming with incredible sights and activities for the whole family, and is best explored over a few days - taking in the region’s fascinating geology, dark cultural past, and unmatched natural beauty. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to stop to taste the many gourmet treats along the way. Thanks for tagging #discovertasmania, Jason! #TasmanNationalPark #SeeAustralia http://ift.tt/1QA4xVw
Not falling, flying by Hillary Younger Cape Raoul, Tasman Peninsula, Australia “Here the unending vastness will listen to your heartbeat. The desolation will shelter you from your storms. The silence will share with you the secrets of the land. The sighing winds will make your soul sing. And the night sky will show you all the love that flows within your being."