Story: Fossils

Fossil outcrop

Fossil outcrop

White shells (inset photo) stand out in this outcrop of mudstone near Castlecliff at the mouth of the Whanganui River. Fossils are often found in riverbeds and along the coast. Water and waves are constantly eroding rocks, exposing fresh outcrops in these environments.

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Hamish Campbell, 'Fossils - What are fossils?', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 July 2024)

Story by Hamish Campbell, published 12 Jun 2006