Kōrero: Coastal erosion

Drowned valleys (1 o 2)

Drowned valleys

As the sea has risen over the last 10,000 years it has flooded former river valleys. The Marlborough Sounds, at the northern tip of the South Island, are drowned river valleys. The land here is slowly sinking into the sea, so few beaches have formed. The waters are sheltered, with small waves eroding the coast at a much lower rate than at the outer shores, which face the exposed waters of Cook Strait.

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GNS Science
Reference: CN15225/26
Photograph by Lloyd Homer

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Willem de Lange, 'Coastal erosion - Rocky coasts', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/6337/drowned-valleys (accessed 29 January 2022)

He kōrero nā Willem de Lange, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006