Natural Wonders of South Africa 3 – Paarl Rock

SPOT-6 satellite image of Paarl Rock acquired 2015-04-26. The two domes observed were formed about 600 million years ago, embedded in a mass of rock that gradually eroded away, leaving the tops of the boulders exposed. One hundred and fifty million years later, the surface was covered over by sedimentary rock. Gradual weathering led to the two rounded boulders being exposed. The natural phenomena today distinguishes the town of Paarl at the foot of the mountain.

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Natural Wonders of South Africa 2 – Langebaan Lagoon

 Langebaan Lagoon was formed by the rising and falling of sea levels during pre-historic times. Unlike most lagoons which form at a point where fresh water rivers enter the sea, Langebaan Lagoon is purely a salt water lagoon. It extends in a finger of water away from Saldanha Bay, its 16 Km’s controlled by tidal currents, tailing off into salt marshes and a cluster of salt pans, rich with water bird life. Saldaha Bay is home to West Coast Fossil Park, and the most prolific source of late tertiary vertebrate fossils in the world.

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