Kōrero: Deep-sea creatures

New Zealand’s submerged continent

New Zealand’s submerged continent

The continent of New Zealand is partially submerged. This map shows the continental shelf, plateau and slopes (beige), the sometimes steep shelf edges (pale yellow-green), the surrounding oceanic basins (blue – 4,000 metres and deeper) and the narrow deep trenches (purple – down to over 8,000 metres, or as deep as Mt Everest is high). Near Kaikōura, the deep Hikurangi Trench comes in close to the coast. The Challenger Plateau (west of New Zealand) ranges from 500 to 1,000 metres deep.

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Paddy Ryan, 'Deep-sea creatures - Exploration of the deep', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/map/5240/new-zealands-submerged-continent (accessed 26 September 2020)

He kōrero nā Paddy Ryan, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006