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Faults in central New Zealand

Faults in central New Zealand

This satellite image of central New Zealand highlights the main mountain ranges, which are bounded by major faults. Many of the faults in Marlborough (lower right) control the location of the major rivers, showing up here as straight valleys.

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Reference: International Space Station Crew Earth Observations Experiment and the Image Science & Analysis Group, ISS006-E-40141

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Earthquakes - Seismic activity in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 June 2023)

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