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Glacial erratic at Te Anau

Glacial erratic at Te Anau

This large boulder forms the smallest scientific reserve in the country, near Te Anau. Known as a glacial erratic, the boulder has been carried 50 kilometres from its source in the mountains by glacier ice during a past ice advance.

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Eileen McSaveney and Simon Nathan, 'Geology – overview - Quaternary mountains and glaciers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 May 2022)

Story by Eileen McSaveney and Simon Nathan, published 12 Jun 2006