Story: Rock and mineral names

Dun Mountain

Dun Mountain

On Dun Mountain (middle distance) the nature of the rocks controls the vegetation. Dunite, which underlies the ground here, forms very infertile soils on which no trees can grow. Where the belt of dunite gives way to other rock types, there is dense forest.

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Simon Nathan, 'Rock and mineral names - Rocks named in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 June 2024)

Story by Simon Nathan, published 12 Jun 2006