Story: Water resources

Lake Pūkaki

Lake Pūkaki

Lake Pūkaki stores water for power generation, so its level rises and falls according to demand. While a small amount of variation in water level is natural, the significant variation in Lake Pūkaki means that few life forms can survive in the shallow zone close to shore. The recent lake levels can be seen in the lines of gravel on the shore.

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Mike Scarsbrook and Charles Pearson, 'Water resources - Groundwater and lakes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 October 2021)

Story by Mike Scarsbrook and Charles Pearson, published 24 Nov 2008