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Ephemeral wetland, Lake Tekapo (3rd of 3)

Ephemeral wetland, Lake Tekapo

Kettle holes are small, steep depressions formed when glaciers melt. They often fill with water during a thaw or in heavy rain, and then dry out in summer. Zones of turf plants are revealed as the kettle dries up.

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Peter Johnson, 'Wetlands - Types of wetland', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 July 2024)

Story by Peter Johnson, published 24 Sep 2007