Story: Active faults

Alpine Fault in South Westland (1st of 2)

Alpine Fault in South Westland

In parts of South Westland the Alpine Fault is marked by a clear, linear feature cutting across the landscape and separating different rock types. It passes out to sea just north of Milford Sound, and marks the western edge of northern Fiordland.

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Active faults - Building on or near active faults', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 September 2023)

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