Biome of the week – Stony Shore

One of Minecraft’s best diversity when it comes to the scenery and landscapes comes from the coasts and areas near the seas. With broad sandy beaches spanning the view, these are the kinds which you’ll definitely want to chill on with your favorite drink in hand.

Colder regions also have these majestic shorelines and gravelly, snowy beaches.

This week, we’ll take a look at the Stony Shore.

Stony shores are somewhat uncommon and are usually found in areas where mountain biomes are near the sea or ocean. Easily identifiable due to the large cliffs they generate, sometimes with water or lava cascading down into the sea below.

However, exercise caution when traveling or exploring these areas as falling from them is fatal.

This biome features many of the same flora and fauna that can be found on regular beaches except turtles because they prefer a sandier environment. Bats, glow squids and the usual dangers of spiders, zombies, skeletons, creepers at night are still present, with the occasional Enderman and witches. Phantoms as well if you’ve skipped on the snooze and sleeping.

Be careful when exploring this biome at sea level as you might still drown from wandering too far and getting near ocean biomes.

These stony cliffs also have notable resources, decent water supply, plenty of sand and sandstone, dirt, and earthly resources like gravel, clay and sugar cane for crops. And in Minecraft Bedrock edition, you’ll be able to come across a hoard of buried treasure!

You’ll also come across vast forests of new trees and thus new materials to build with.
Each new forest is vastly different in color but blends incredibly well between biomes.

In the real world, cliffs are a common feature along coastlines – formed over time as rough seas and roaring storms smash against an area of high ground. Most cliffs are close to vertical, but there’s no firm definition of exactly how vertical the slope needs to be before it counts as a cliff.

Some famous cliffs on Earth include the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, Cape Point and Table Mountain in South Africa, Troll Wall in Norway, the Qingshui Cliff in Taiwan, Ra’s Sajir in Oman, and the White Cliffs of Dover in the UK.

The world’s tallest sea cliff is the Thumbnail, part of Maujit Qaqarssuasia in southern Greenland, which drops 1,560 meters near-vertically into the ocean. But even taller cliffs can be found below sea level – including the astounding 8,000m drop down inside the Kermadec trench.

All of these pales in comparison, however, to Verona Rupes – 20,000-meter cliff spotted by the Voyager 2 spacecraft in 1986 on Miranda, a moon of Uranus. Given the low gravity on Miranda, if you jumped off the top then it would take a full 12 minutes to hit the bottom. Plenty of time to consider what a terrible idea that was!

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