Story: Soils and regional land use

Loess blowing off a Canterbury river

Loess blowing off a Canterbury river

Today’s dust storms are trivial compared with the ones that blew loessial deposits from glacial regions in the mountains to cover the Canterbury Plains. Nevertheless, the continuing erosion today of fine soil from cultivated paddocks and river beds can be significant in strong north-westerly winds.

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Allan Gillingham, 'Soils and regional land use - Eastern and southern South Island', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/17109/loess-blowing-off-a-canterbury-river (accessed 19 October 2019)

Story by Allan Gillingham, published 24 Nov 2008