Loch Ard Gorge, Port Campbell

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Martin Zustak on March 1, 2007

The Island Archway, standing between two cliffy headlands of Loch Ard Gorge like the arc de triumph of the Roman emperors. The Gorge's geological variety provides clues as to how The Twelve Apostles had been formed: first, the softer parts of the shoreline would succumb to erosion, leaving the harder sections in between to become headlands. In the next phase, headlands themselves would start being worked on by the elements. Waves would attack their sidewalls, giving birth to isolated baby-blowholes that would keep enlarging to the point where two opposite blowholes would join together, tunnelling through the headland to form an arch or a bridge (photo). Fast-forward a few thousand years and the arch would become too fragile, its middle section collapsing under its own weight to create two stacks. In the final stages of the process, each individual stack would be ‘undercut’ by rushing waters, which would erode the base just above the sea level and eventually cause the stack to crash into the ocean.

Pulai József on March 8, 2008

Hi Very amazing photo. Who here it living, lucky man.

Minka Tsoneva (Mimip… on June 8, 2008

Very interesting description! I put in Best of!

mimipet’s greeting

Philip Schubert on June 14, 2009

Sad news, the arch collapsed last week. It is now two stacks only!

I was priveleged to walk accross London Bridge arches nearby in 1970 and have photos of that, but alas one of it's arches collapsed in 1990, so it is now an island arch.

I believe one of the Twelve Apostles has also collapsed.

Such is the processes of geology and nature.

Cheers Phil

Martin Zustak on June 17, 2009

Hi Philip, sad to hear that. The stack was a masterpiece of geology. Martin

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Photo taken in 9358-9382 Great Ocean Road, Port Campbell VIC 3269, Australia

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  • Uploaded on February 20, 2007
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    by Martin Zustak
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot A80
    • Taken on 2004/09/05 00:44:05
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/500)
    • Focal Length: 16.22mm
    • F/Stop: f/7.100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash