Story: Iron and steel

Black-sand beach near Kāwhia

Black-sand beach near Kāwhia

Black iron-rich sands are found along much of the western coast of the North Island. Because of its dark colour, the sand absorbs heat and is hot to walk on in summer. But it is also great for heating a shallow pool dug on the beach.

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Fleur Templeton, 'Iron and steel - Iron – an abundant resource', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/5877/black-sand-beach-near-kawhia (accessed 26 June 2019)

Story by Fleur Templeton, published 12 Jun 2006