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Glaciation in the Tararua Range

Glaciation in the Tararua Range

In the early 1900s there was debate about the extent of past glaciers in the North Island. This was settled when Leslie Adkin explored the remote Tararua Range, and showed that only the highest peaks had been glaciated.

This view up Park Valley shows a hanging valley once filled by a small glacier. The inset is a sketch by Adkin showing three hanging valleys; the one to the right of Arete Peak is the one visible in the photograph.

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Source: G. L. Adkin, ‘The discovery and extent of former glaciation in the Tararua Ranges, North Island, New Zealand.’ Transactions of the New Zealand Institute 44 (1912): 308–316.

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Glaciers and glaciation - The ice ages', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 September 2023)

Story by Eileen McSaveney, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Apr 2021