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Putaruru ignimbrite (2nd of 2)

Putaruru ignimbrite

Putaruru ignimbrite is a pinkish-red ignimbrite containing flattened glassy pumice fragments. The pumices were apparently squashed by the weight of the overlying material soon after eruption, while the ignimbrite was still hot. Putaruru ignimbrite was used in the old museum building, now part of Massey University, Wellington. It is no longer quarried.

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Simon Nathan and Bruce Hayward, 'Building stone - Igneous rocks', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 August 2021)

Story by Simon Nathan and Bruce Hayward, published 12 Jun 2006