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The Alpine Fault

The Alpine Fault

The Alpine Fault is remarkably straight, bisecting the South Island and forming the western edge of the Southern Alps, as illustrated in this digital terrain model. It was not recognised until 1941 because the area was rugged and isolated, and earlier generations of geologists were unable to view the topography from the air.

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Eileen McSaveney and Simon Nathan, 'Geology – overview - New Zealand – a geological jigsaw puzzle', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 September 2021)

Story by Eileen McSaveney and Simon Nathan, published 12 Jun 2006