The formation originally formed on the seabed in layers. The layers consisted of areas of limestone and areas of mudstone. Seismic movement lifted the area above the seabed and over time the wind, rain and sea spray eroded the softer mudstone, leaving behind the stacks of limestone.
The area of Pancake Rocks is relatively large with lots of pancake stacks that are lined in rows, one behind the other as they drop off into the Tasman Sea.
The layers of limestone are literally stacked on top of each other without any other substance between the layers and each pancake stack has its own unique shape. A close up look of the Pancake Rock stacks can be seen in the following photos.
The Pancake Rocks are an amazing rock formation. They are interesting to look at and each individual stack is almost an individual piece of art but my favorite view is of the Pancake Rocks in the foreground and the beauty of the New Zealand coast line and the Tasman Sea in the background. This view has the look of being in a mysterious paradise.
The beauty of nature comes in many different forms. Sometimes nature is complex and sometimes it is simple. To me, the formation is simple, one layer of rock stacked on top of another but the irregular shape of each stack combined with the different shades of gray coloration of the limestone give the formation the appearance nature’s version of modern art.