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Photographs by Forest Woodward

The “Twelve Apostles" of Australia's southern shore push upwards from the surf as though reaching for the heavens.

The rock stacks are made of limestone that is millions of years old, and which was itself formed from petrified dead layers of microscopic marine creatures.

As the Southern Ocean's Antarctic waves pounded the cliffs over millennia, all but the sturdiest bodies of rock eroded away. The result was these freestanding spires, some of which stand more than 100 feet tall.

Though they have endured for millions of years in a marine environment so inhospitable that it is referred to as “Shipwreck Coast," the Apostles are far from invincible. Their number went from nine to eight in 2005, when a fateful wave sent one crumbling into the sea.

But these acts of demolition belong to the same process by which future Apostles will be created, as the constant tidal pull causes new pillars to emerge from the shoreline bluffs.

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