Story: Geology – overview

New Zealand region 10 million years ago

New Zealand region 10 million years ago

This is a reconstruction of the New Zealand region about 10 million years ago. The green area represents land. The major tectonic features we recognise today had formed, including the Alpine Fault in the South Island and the subduction zone, where the ocean floor is descending beneath the North Island.

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Reference: E. McSaveney and R. Sutherland, New Zealand adrift. 2nd ed. Lower Hutt: Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences, 2005

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How to cite this page:

Eileen McSaveney and Simon Nathan, 'Geology – overview - New Zealand reborn', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/map/8378/new-zealand-region-10-million-years-ago (accessed 22 September 2020)

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