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Awatere valley soils (1st of 2)

Awatere valley soils

The gravelly soils of the Awatere valley, south of Blenheim, were for a long time used only for grazing sheep – they are now prime grape-growing land. This soil profile shows a layer of loess over deep, free-draining gravel.

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Allan Gillingham, 'Soils and regional land use - Northern and western South Island', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 August 2022)

Story by Allan Gillingham, published 24 Nov 2008