Story: Coastal shoreline

Sand and gravel shore, Puketā

Sand and gravel shore, Puketā

Coarse sand and gravel beaches are common along the east coast of New Zealand. This beach at Puketā is fed with gravels and sand swept down the Kahutara River from the seaward Kaikōura mountains. Mixed sand and gravel beaches are harsh environments and few plants or animals make their home there.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Coastal shoreline - Cliffs and beaches', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 December 2023)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006