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Wave Rock, Western Australia


Western Australia
Wave Rock

Wave Rock is a natural rock formation located east of the small town of Hyden in Western Australia. It derives its name from the fact that it is shaped like a tall breaking ocean wave.
Wave Rock has cultural significance to Aborigines. More than 140,000 tourists visit wave rock every year.
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.
The 'wave' formation was formed 60 million years ago and the shape of the rock is not caused by a wave phenomenon, rather its rounded wave-like shape was formed by subsurface chemical weathering followed by removal of the soft weathered granite by fluvial erosion, thus the weathering occurred below ground level before it was exposed. The end result is an undercut base, leaving a round overhang.
Other notable rock formations in the area include Hippos Yawn and The Humps.

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This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 12 March, 2011.

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