Range

Southern Alps

Region(s): Oceania, New Zealand
Parent Range: South Island Mountains
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Geology: Tectonic
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Range Name(s): Southern Alps
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Region(s): Oceania
Location: Oceania, New Zealand
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Starting Point: -44.534695623263204
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Parent Range: South Island Mountains
Geology: Tectonic
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Oceania, New Zealand
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    The Southern Alps stretch for 500 kilometres, from Nelson Lakes National Park in the north-east to near the entrance of Milford Sound in the south-west. Made of greywacke sandstone in the east and schist in the west, they are by far the highest, longest, and most heavily glaciated chain of mountains in the country. All of New Zealand’s peaks over 3,000 metres are in the Southern Alps. They also contain all the larger high snowfields (névés) and all remaining glaciers that extend down to the floors of major valleys. In the west, the mountains end steeply and abruptly at the line of the Alpine Fault. To the east they spread further, with ranges and basins covering a large area of mostly high-country lands
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