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Ōkārito soils

Ōkarito soils

Ōkārito soils, found throughout the West Coast, developed from glacial outwash under low scrub vegetation and rainfall of about 5,000 millimetres per year. Deep topsoil overlays a light-grey, gleyed, poorly drained horizon. Just above the water is the strongly cemented, brownish-red iron pan that restricts all drainage and is typical of these pakihi soils.

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New Zealand Society of Soil Science
Reference: Les Molloy, Soils in the New Zealand landscape: the living mantle. Wellington: Mallinson Rendel, 1988, plate 11.7
Photograph by Quentin Christie

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Allan Gillingham, 'Soils and regional land use - Northern and western South Island', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 July 2024)

Story by Allan Gillingham, published 24 Nov 2008