Hallet Cove Hill by Michael John

This unusual eroded hill, known as the ‘Sugarloaf’, is at Hallet Cove on the South Australian coast.

The photo depicts two different coloured rock strata (separated by an unconformity). The layers have been weathered by rain and wind over the centuries.

A brown layer of clay sits on top of weathered white glacial sediments, believed to be 280 million years old. Beneath this is a layer of red silt and sand containing larger dropstones.

This area is significant for its geological rock formations and ancient glacial activity. The formations are now incorporated into the Hallett Cove Conservation Park.

Hallet Cove near Adelaide, Australia.

Mamiya ZM Film camera.

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I live in Australia and enjoy bushwalking in the great outdoors, especially the world heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park.

My photographic interests are pretty much related to Australian landscapes, rustic Australia, historic Australia, Australian wildlife, flora, fauna, birds, etc. Guess I love the country I was born and live in.

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  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonalmost 5 years ago

    Fantastic capture. Is it a form of sandstone? Or is the area an old volcanoic area where this could be pyroclastic ash?

  • Thanks for the comment. It is composed of clay, silt, sandstone etc, and is not volcanic (although it looks like it) but glacial in origin. Very unusual.

    – Michael John

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonalmost 5 years ago

    Amazing thanks for the info.

  • no worries.

    – Michael John

  • Michael Matthews
    Michael Matthewsalmost 5 years ago

    I love the patterns & colours here. Great shot Mike.

  • Thanks Michael. Yes, it is a very interesting natural structure.

    – Michael John

  • CPAmstutz
    CPAmstutzalmost 5 years ago

    This is incredibly beautiful!

  • Thanks for the comment Christine.

    – Michael John

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonalmost 5 years ago

    April 19,2010

    Great capture

  • Thank you Ann…..much appreciated.

    – Michael John

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 5 years ago

    Congrats on your feature of this amazing piece of earth!

  • lol…thanks Trish and thanks for the fave.

    – Michael John

  • Jessy Willemse
    Jessy Willemsealmost 5 years ago

    Great shot, congrats! Hallett Cove is my favourite beach in SA, I love all the stones and rocks over there.

  • Thanks Jessy. It certainly is a unique area, geologically speaking.

    – Michael John

  • tcat757
    tcat757almost 5 years ago

  • Thank You.

    – Michael John

  • JoyceIone
  • Thank You.

    – Michael John

  • Polly x
    Polly xalmost 5 years ago

  • Thanks Polly.

    – Michael John

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