Kōrero: Geology – overview

Southern lakes

Southern lakes

Most of the large lakes in the south of the South Island occupy depressions formed by glaciers. Most glaciers pile up a belt of rock debris in front of them (called a terminal moraine), and this often acted as a dam, holding a lake in a depression that had previously been filled with ice. In some areas, control structures have been built on the terminal moraines so that lake water can be used to generate hydroelectricity. Lakes Benmore and Aviemore, also used for electricity generation, are reservoirs behind artificial dams.

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Eileen McSaveney and Simon Nathan, 'Geology – overview - Quaternary mountains and glaciers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/map/8390/southern-lakes (accessed 24 June 2024)

He kōrero nā Eileen McSaveney and Simon Nathan, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006