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The Andesite Line (2nd of 2)

The Andesite Line

In a far-sighted scientific paper in 1912, New Zealand geologist Patrick Marshall identified what he called the Andesite Line. This is a chain of active volcanoes around the margins of the Pacific Ocean, which we now know to follow the edge of the Pacific tectonic plate.

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Reference: J. J. Reed, 'Mineralogy and petrology in the New Zealand geological survey 1865-1965.' New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics 8, no. 6 (December

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Richard Smith, David J. Lowe and Ian Wright, 'Volcanoes - Pacific Ring of Fire', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 July 2024)

Story by Richard Smith, David J. Lowe and Ian Wright, published 12 Jun 2006