Story: Rock and mineral names

Papa cliffs, Hawke’s Bay

Papa cliffs, Hawke’s Bay

North of Cape Turnagain the cliffs of soft grey mudstone (papa rock) are being rapidly eroded by the sea, forming impressive cliffs and gullies. Similar soft rock underlies large areas throughout New Zealand, and is highly susceptible to erosion and landslides during heavy rainfall.

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GNS Science
Reference: CN7459/20
Photograph by Lloyd Homer

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How to cite this page:

Simon Nathan, 'Rock and mineral names - Local names', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 October 2016)

Full story by Simon Nathan, published 12 Jun 2006