Story: Dune lands

Aupōuri Peninsula

Aupōuri Peninsula

Ocean currents move sand northwards along the Aupōuri Peninsula coast, seen here in a satellite photograph. Strong prevailing westerly winds then blow it off beaches. It drifts inland, forming dunes (the light-coloured patches). Many of the peninsula’s former dune lands have been planted in pine forests – visible as the dark green areas.

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Reference: International Space Station Crew Earth Observations Experiment and the Image Science & Analysis Group, ISS004-E-13337

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Carl Walrond, 'Dune lands - Dunes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 February 2023)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 24 Sep 2007