Story: Soils

Wind-blown soil (1st of 2)

Wind-blown soil

Loess is formed from wind-blown soil. It originates mostly from river flats and cultivated paddocks, where bare soil has been exposed to erosion by strong winds. This dust cloud is rising from the Rakaia River bed, during one of Canterbury's nor'westers.

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Allan Hewitt, 'Soils - Soil features', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 September 2023)

Story by Allan Hewitt, published 24 Sep 2007