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Rocky shores (2nd of 3)

Rocky shores

Boulder and gravel beaches are more common in the South Island. They are the result of a tectonically active environment in which rivers carry large quantities of eroded material, much of it very coarse. Mixed sand and gravel beaches, rare worldwide, are common in New Zealand. Pictured here are the boulder beach and mudstone cliffs at Cape Foulwind, on the West Coast.

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Carl Walrond, 'Natural environment - Coasts', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 November 2023)

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