From a satellite, the Southern Alps stand out as the chain of mountains running the length of the South Island. Formed only in the past five million years, these high mountains have increased the wetness of the windward ecoregion and the dryness of the leeward ecoregion.
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Reference: International Space Station Crew Earth Observations Experiment and the Image Science & Analysis Group, ISS006-E-39488
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