Story: Estuaries

A river meets the sea

A river meets the sea

This photograph shows the outlet of the Waimahia Stream at Waikanae Beach, just north of Wellington. The small estuarine area has formed behind a sandspit where stream water mixes with sea water. Fresh stream waters, stained brown after being filtered through layers of decomposing forest litter, enter the sea on an outgoing tide.

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Reference: CN 47106/27
Photograph by Lloyd Homer

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Estuaries - Where fresh water meets the sea', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 June 2024)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006