Digital Photograph: Godley Head

Michael Davies
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26 May 2013
One landscape colour digital photograph taken on 26 May 2013 off Godley Head looking west towards the face of the cliffs. Rock which fell from the cliffs is heaped at the waters edge. Some of the buildings from the coastal defence battery are visible on top of the cliff. Volcanic banding is visible in the face of the cliffs.
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There were several major rock falls along the coastal cliffs near Christchurch and Lyttelton Harbour. The weathered rock and vegetation which fell from the outer edges of the cliffs has exposed bare rock, clearly showing the geological makeup of the landforms at the edges of the volcanic cones of Banks Peninsula. The cracking that has occurred in the rock faces will, over the next few years, lead to faster weathering and potentially erosion of parts of these cliffs. At the shoreline the deposited loose rock has changed the shape of localised areas of the coastal environment.
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