The tessellated pavement is located at Eaglehawk Neck in Tasmania, it is a very unusual natural rock formation. The pavement bears this name because the rock has fractured into polygonal blocks that resemble tiles. The cracks were formed when the rock fractured through the action of stress on the Earth’s crust and subsequently, were modified by sand and wave action.
The pan formation is a series of concave depressions in the rock that typically, forms beyond the edge of the seashore. As a result, this part of the pavement dries out more at low tide than the portion abutting the seashore and allows salt crystals to develop further, resulting in salt forming on the surface that erodes the surface more quickly than at the joints. As a result, the surface of the “pans” erodes more quickly, while the joints erode more slowly, resulting in the concave pan.
Learn more about this natural wonder in Wikipedia.
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