Story: Kermadec Islands

Kermadec Islands map

Kermadec Islands map

The Kermadec Islands are the tiny emergent part of a chain of submarine volcanoes that define the Kermadec ridge. In political terms the Kermadecs are important for New Zealand as they define the northern extent of both the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and the Extended Continental Shelf (ECS).

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Simon Nathan, 'Kermadec Islands - Geology and climate', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 June 2023)

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