Story: Active faults

Trench across the Ōhariu Fault

Trench across the Ōhariu Fault

Offset of the ground surface will indicate the location of an active fault, but detailed three-dimensional information can only be obtained by digging a trench. Geologist Russ van Dissen is shown recording the geology across the Ōhariu Fault, in the Wellington region.

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Active faults - What is an active fault?', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 July 2024)

Story by Eileen McSaveney, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 1 Aug 2017