The topography of Taranaki

McIntyre, Christiane; McIntyre, Victor
May 2008
New Zealand Tree Grower;May2008, Vol. 29 Issue 2, p20
The article describes the topography of the Taranaki Basin in New Zealand. The Taranaki Fault runs from Patea to Tongaparutu, and commercial gas and oil fields are found on the fault's west while deposition of sediments were reduced on the east side. A series of fiery eruptions two million years ago produced Taranaki's chain of volcanoes. The lahars and ash showers from the mountain emerged 70,000 years ago. The thick rain forests run along the boundary of Egmont National Park and most of this forest consists of kamahi, rimu, and rata. The Taranaki ring plain has rivers draining the water from the mountain and flowing to the east of the Waitara River.


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