May 23, 2011

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    Wave Rock – Hard Surf in Hyden, Australia [11 Pics]

    Wave Rock

    Wave Rock

    Wave Rock is composed of granite. The total outcrop covers several hectares and is part of the Hyden Rock erosional remnant. The “wave” part of the rock is about 15 m (50 ft) high and around 110 m (350 ft) long.

    Introduction

    Wave Rock is a natural rock formation located east of the small town of Hyden, located 339 km east of Perth, Western Australia. Believed to have formed over 2700 million years ago, Wave Rock is part of the northern face of Hyden Rock. The shape of the wave is formed by gradual erosion of the softer rock beneath the upper edge, over many centuries. 14 metres high, and 110m long, the face of Wave Rock appears ready to crash onto a pre-historic surf, now frozen in time.

    The colors of the Wave are caused by the rain washing chemical deposits (carbonates and iron hydroxide) down the face, forming vertical stripes of grays reds and yellows. If you can stay a little longer, it is also worth seeing the Rock at different times of the day, as the changing sunlight alters its colors and appearance. [11 pictures]

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