Kōrero: Limestone country

Punakaiki limestone beds (1 o 2)

Punakaiki limestone beds

Oligocene limestone beds (32–22 million years old) are visible as cliffs in a largely tree-covered hillside near Punakaiki on the West Coast. The Punakaiki blowholes are on the headland at lower right. Rivers that flow to the coast have cut deep gorges into this limestone layer. In heavy rainfall areas such as the West Coast, much of the karst landscape is hidden by the dense rainforest.

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GNS Science
Reference: CN36159
Photograph by Lloyd Homer

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Paul Williams, 'Limestone country - Dissolving rock', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/12388/punakaiki-limestone-beds (accessed 23 May 2022)

He kōrero nā Paul Williams, i tāngia i te 24 Sep 2007