Story: Whanganui region

River valley and hill country

River valley and hill country

This aerial shot of the Whanganui hill country – looking west from the Whanganui River towards Mt Taranaki – shows the contrast between an incised river valley and the ridges that flank it. The region’s rivers have cut down into the sedimentary rock as the land has risen; the former plain survives in the ‘summit accordance’ – ridge after ridge of approximately the same height.

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Diana Beaglehole, 'Whanganui region - Landscapes and climate', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/19007/river-valley-and-hill-country (accessed 31 March 2020)

Story by Diana Beaglehole, updated 1 Jun 2015