During the 19th and 20th centuries many of Auckland’s volcanoes and lava fields were quarried for stones, walls, roading metal, and kerb edging. This is the Mt Wellington quarry in the 1920s. By the 1980s it was the country’s largest quarry for aggregate (a mixture of crushed rock). Growing concern about the loss of the region’s volcanoes led to the quarry’s closure the following decade. A new residential suburb for 6,000 people, Stonefields, is being developed on the site.
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