Archive - Apostles of Victoria, Australia

December 16, 2018


Each Sunday we present a notable item from our archives. This EPOD was originally published December 18, 2012.

: Constantine Emmanouilidi
Summary Authors: Constantine Emmanouilidi; Jim Foster

The photo above shows a series of sea stacks known as the Twelve Apostles located off the coast of Victoria, Australia, southwest of Melbourne. Of the original 12 only 8 are still standing. These limestone towers are the eroded remnants of Miocene headlands. The tallest is approximately 150 ft (45 m) in height. They formed over thousands of years as ocean waves constantly attacked a headland area. The softest rock was worn down first leaving behind the more stubborn, freestanding stacks. Eventually, even the most resistant of the apostles will yield to the persistent wave action of the sea. Photo taken a little before sunset on November 24, 2012.

Photo Details: Camera: Canon EOS 5D; Lens: EF50mm f/1.4 USM; Focal Length: 50.0mm; Aperture: f/2.8; Exposure Time: 0.0003 s (1/4000); ISO equiv: 1600; Software: Digital Photo Professional.