Story: Nearshore islands

Elizabeth Island, Doubtful Sound (1st of 2)

Elizabeth Island, Doubtful Sound

The dramatic topography of Fiordland, in the south-west of the South Island, was shaped by glaciers. Between ice ages, the glaciers melted and the sea rose, flooding the valleys and turning high areas into islands.

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Nearshore islands - A nation of islands', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 January 2022)

Story by Eileen McSaveney, published 24 Sep 2007