Landscapes - Robert Downie
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Muriwai Beach

The wild and rugged coastline of Muriwai Beach. The black sand is caused by the iron content derived from the ancient volcanoes in the area. These include the large "Kaipara Volcano" which was situated offshore from the Kaipara Heads, and erupted 23-16 million years ago. Sand is moved up the west coast of the North Island by longshore drift. North Island, New Zealand

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