Story: Southland region

Fossilised forest, Curio Bay

Fossilised forest, Curio Bay

The rock-like fossils of tree trunks are visible at Curio Bay (left), while a yellow-eyed penguin stands sentinel (right). The fossilised forest dates back to the Jurassic era – part of the age of dinosaurs, 160 million years ago. The forest was probably destroyed many times over by volcanic eruptions. The silica that gradually replaced the wood is resistant to erosion when exposed to air. The forest extends several kilometres along the coast from Curio Bay to Slope Point.

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Photograph by Jock Phillips

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David Grant. 'Southland region - Geology and landforms', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 14-Nov-12
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