Central rocks : a guide to the geology and landscapes of central Otago

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Lee, D.E.; Forsyth, P.J. 2008 Central rocks : a guide to the geology and landscapes of central Otago. Dunedin: Geological Society of New Zealand. Geological Society of New Zealand guidebook 14. 84 p.

Abstract: Central Otago has a distinctive landscape shaped by a long and dynamic geological history. Parallel ranges of mountains with evocative names such as The Remarkables and Pisa Range, castle-like schist tors, fossiliferous sediments from an ancient lake, gold-bearing gravels, deep lakes gouged out by glaciers, and flights of flat-topped terraces create a diverse landscape unlike that anywhere else in New Zealand. The region is traversed by New Zealand’s biggest river, the Clutha, which flows from the Main Divide to the Pacific Ocean. However, it is not always easy to understand the complex geological processes that have led to the development of this remarkable landscape. This guidebook describes and explains the geology and landforms of the Central Otago region, especially the Clutha River catchment. The first section outlines the different types of rocks in the region and describes the geological processes that have formed them. This is followed by a selection of half day and full day geological tours centred on Queenstown, Wanaka, Cromwell and Alexandra. (auth/DG)


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