Story: Chatham Islands

The Chatham Rise

The Chatham Rise

Although separated from the New Zealand mainland by 750 kilometres of ocean, the Chatham Islands are part of the New Zealand continental shelf because of the Chatham Rise, a 1,400-kilometre eastward extension of the New Zealand land mass. Apart from the Chatham Islands themselves, the Chatham Rise is entirely under water.

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Rhys Richards, 'Chatham Islands - Land and habitat', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 April 2024)

Story by Rhys Richards, updated 1 May 2015