Story: Water resources

Boulder stream (1st of 4)

Boulder stream

The headwaters of many of the rivers and streams that drain mountain catchments often have boulder beds – the general rule is that the closer to the headwaters you are, the larger the boulders are. This boulder-bed stream is the Iris Burn in Fiordland.

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Mike Scarsbrook and Charles Pearson, 'Water resources - Rivers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 December 2021)

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