Story: Human effects on the environment



Heavy rainfall caused these landslides on steep ground near Mōkau, on the North Island’s west coast. Forest once covered the area, but was burnt off for farming. Although it is now covered with secondary growth, such cleared country is vulnerable to landslides.

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Janet Wilmshurst, 'Human effects on the environment - European impact', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 September 2021)

Story by Janet Wilmshurst, published 24 Sep 2007