Story: Coastal shoreline

Raised beaches, Turakirae Head

Raised beaches, Turakirae Head

These bare areas running parallel to the coast are beach ridges that have been raised above sea level by large earthquakes. The youngest raised beach (closest to the present-day shoreline) was uplifted 6.4 metres by the 1855 Wairarapa earthquake. Older ridges have been dated and are associated with earthquakes occurring in 2900 BCE, 1100 BCE and 1460 CE.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Coastal shoreline - Cliffs and beaches', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 March 2023)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006