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.

Using this item

GNS Science
Reference: CN32990/7
Photograph by Lloyd Homer

Permission of GNS Science must be obtained before any use of this image.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Fleur Templeton, 'Iron and steel - Iron – an abundant resource', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 April 2024)

Story by Fleur Templeton, published 12 Jun 2006