Kōrero: Active faults

The Alpine Fault beside Martyr River, South Westland

The Alpine Fault beside Martyr River, South Westland

Because of the heavy forest cover on the West Coast, good exposures of the Alpine Fault are rare. This outcrop, beside the Martyr River, shows crushed schist (upper right) thrust over fan gravels. The fault dips at about 40° to the east, which is typical of other exposures that have been recorded.

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Department of Geology, University of Otago
Photograph by Alan Cooper

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Active faults - New Zealand’s longest active faults', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/4371/the-alpine-fault-beside-martyr-river-south-westland (accessed 20 May 2022)

He kōrero nā Eileen McSaveney, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 1 Aug 2017