Story: West Coast region

West Coast landforms

The Alpine Fault bisects the South Island, forming the western edge of the Southern Alps. To the west are low-lying alluvial basins, which are partly farmed, separated by mountain ranges formed of harder rocks.

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Simon Nathan, 'West Coast region - Geology and landscapes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 September 2023)

Story by Simon Nathan, updated 1 Sep 2016