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Rangitīkei River

Rangitīkei River

This sketch of sandstone cliffs in the Rangitīkei River (at the junction of the Moawhanga River) was made by J. C. Crawford during an exploring trip in January 1862. The bedded rock is now known as the Tahere Formation: massive brown micaceous sandstone containing layers of concretions. These were deposited in shallow water about 3.2 million years ago.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: E-041-021
Pencil and ink drawing by James Coutts Crawford

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Simon Nathan, 'Geological exploration - The search for gold and minerals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 12 August 2022)

Story by Simon Nathan, published 12 Jun 2006