Story: Landscapes – overview

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Lake Tennyson

Lake Tennyson, in the headwaters of the Clarence River, is a small glacial lake on the eastern edge of Nelson Lakes National Park. The mountain ranges are made of hard greywacke. The lake is edged by a broad moraine – a ridge of rocks and debris, left by a glacier that previously filled the Clarence valley. The moraine surface is studded with many small tarns (glacial ponds), which fill holes left by blocks of melting ice.

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Landscapes – overview - Top of the South Island', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/13015/lake-tennyson (accessed 16 November 2018)

Story by Eileen McSaveney, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Jul 2015