Boulder Dash

Hi folks!

The older guys of you could remember on this funny (and in mey eyes very challenging) videogame on the C64. 

Every time I think about it when I watch the pictures for my next abstract on my worldtrip last year (klick HERE for more informations). It was the second stop on New Zealand after we left Christchurch. We didn´t viewed any printed pictures before we entered the beach, and so we were more than  impressed as we found the stones :)

Moeraki Boulders

"The Moeraki Boulders are unusually large and spherical boulders lying along a stretch of Koekohe Beach on the wave cut Otago coast of New Zealand between Moeraki and Hampden. They occur scattered either as isolated or clusters of boulders within a stretch of beach where they have been protected in a scientific reserve. The erosion by wave action of mudstone, comprising local bedrock and landslides, frequently exposes embedded isolated boulders. These boulders are grey-colored septarian concretions, which have been exhumed from the mudstone enclosing them and concentrated on the beach by coastal erosion.

Local Māori legends explained the boulders as the remains of eel baskets, calabashes, and kumara washed ashore from the wreck of Arai-te-uru, a large sailing canoe. This legend tells of the rocky shoals that extend seaward from Shag Point as being the petrified hull of this wreck and a nearby rocky promontory as being the body of the canoe's captain. In 1848 W.B.D. Mantell sketched the beach and its boulders, more numerous than now."

For more informations about the Moeraki Boulders klick here or in german here

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