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Life on the Lava Flow

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This broad, flat, bare sheet of basalt is a reminder of the power of ancient volcanoes that shape our landscape. Lava flowed east from Mt Duneed (16 km west) a million years ago to create the foundation of the Bluff. Here you can feel the flow of this ancient river of rock. But the hard black basalt is a tough harsh environment to live in.

So search the cracks and fissures for glossy Black Nerites and Ribbed Topshells grazing on a wealth of algae or sheltering with barnacles.

Even in this tough place there is life on the edge.