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Metamorphic Shores

Photo of the Metamorphic shore at Seal Rocks, N. S. W.Metamorphic Shores are highly contorted and fractured coasts where steeply dipping strata has weathered to form an angular and dissected landscape.

These rocky shores form numerous protective cracks, crannies, overhangs and wave-swashed channels in which intertidal animals can shelter. It isn't a particularly favourable habitat for many algae, which prefer deeper, calmer waters.

This is Seal Rocks Headland, which is a metamorphic shore. Notice the steeply dipping strata of the cliff in the background.

Also notice the distinct bands of intertidal animals on the rocks in the foreground.


Bennett, I. (1987) W. J. Dakin's classic study: Australian Seashores. p. 3-12, Angus & Robertson, Sydney.

Davey, K. (1998) A Photographic Guide to Seashore Life of Australia. p.8, New Holland, Sydney.

Types of Rocky Shore

Granite Shores
Basalt Shores
Limestone Shores
Sandstone Shores
Metamorphic Shores
Boulder Shores

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