Kōrero: Soils

New Zealand's oldest soils

New Zealand's oldest soils

This is at Butchers Dam in Central Otago, with the snow-capped Old Man Range in the background. The soil is at least 20 million years old and would have been at the surface for most of that time. It was covered by glaciation deposits (visible at top left) about 20,000 years ago. The bright red in the subsoil indicates highly weathered iron compounds. This would have required a more tropical climate than exists today.

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Landcare Research – Manaaki Whenua

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Allan Hewitt, 'Soils - Ancient soils', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/12311/new-zealands-oldest-soils (accessed 18 July 2024)

He kōrero nā Allan Hewitt, i tāngia i te 24 Sep 2007