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 BC, 1100 BC and 1460 AD.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Coastal shoreline - Cliffs and beaches', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/4807/raised-beaches-turakirae-head (accessed 16 October 2019)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006