Kōrero: Geology – overview

Drowned valleys

Drowned valleys

The Marlborough Sounds, at the north-eastern end of the South Island, is a mountainous area that is now subsiding. The land is slowly sinking, and river valleys are becoming drowned by the sea. Because the land is sinking, either beaches have not formed, or they are at best very narrow.

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GNS Science
Reference: CN15225/26
Photograph by Lloyd Homer

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Eileen McSaveney and Simon Nathan, 'Geology – overview - Holocene – the last 10,000 years', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/8407/drowned-valleys (accessed 12 August 2020)

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