Kōrero: Sea floor geology

Subduction under the North Island

Subduction under the North Island

This east–west cross-section through the central part of the North Island illustrates how the Pacific Plate descends (subducts) beneath the Australian Plate acts rather like a bulldozer's blade, and the sediments on top of the Pacific Plate are scraped off and crumpled, forming the hills of the Wairarapa and Hawke's Bay.

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Source: Ray Wood and others, New Zealand’s continental shelf and UNCLOS Article 76. Lower Hutt: Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences; Wellington: National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, 2003

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Keith Lewis, Scott D. Nodder and Lionel Carter, 'Sea floor geology - Continental slopes, canyons and landslides', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/diagram/5603/subduction-under-the-north-island (accessed 1 December 2021)

He kōrero nā Keith Lewis, Scott D. Nodder and Lionel Carter, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006