Story: Soils and regional land use

Climate topography and soils

The growth of pasture, crops and forests are influenced by climate (rainfall and temperature) and topography, which affects the microclimate of a site. Plant growth also depends on soil characteristics and drainage.

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Source: Les Molloy, Soils in the New Zealand landscape: the living mantle. 2nd ed. Lincoln: New Zealand Society of Soil Science, 1988, pp. 230–231; National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research

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Allan Gillingham, 'Soils and regional land use - Overview', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 August 2022)

Story by Allan Gillingham, published 24 Nov 2008