Story: Mining and underground resources

Adzite quarry (1st of 2)

Adzite quarry

This quarry site is on D’Urville Island where a rock type called adzite (baked argillite) was quarried and trimmed for adzes by Māori. Transformed by heat and fluid, this rock is excellent for making cutting tools, retaining a sharp edge. Samples from this locality and nearby were traded and have been found all over New Zealand.

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Simon Nathan, 'Mining and underground resources - History of mining', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 January 2022)

Story by Simon Nathan, published 12 Jun 2006