Story: Marlborough region

Awatere Fault

Awatere Fault

The Awatere Fault shows up clearly in this image. It shapes the course of the Awatere River, visible to its right. Along with the Wairau Fault (an extension of the Alpine Fault) and the Clarence and Kēkerengū faults, the Awatere Fault is symptomatic of the subduction of the Pacific Plate under the Australian Plate.

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Marlborough region - Geology and landscape', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 May 2022)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 1 Nov 2016