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Rights: Sir Peter Blake Trust Published 29 September 2016 Size: 190 KB

Between 25 million and 10 million years ago, two volcanoes erupted molten rock that was high in iron and magnesium and low in silica – basaltic lava. These cooled lava flows weathered and eroded over millions of years to form the Auckland Islands. Beneath the basalt is coarse-grained biotite granite base rock, which is up to 100 million years old. This rock is part of a granite belt extending from Stewart Island along the western margin of the Campbell Plateau.

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Image acknowledgement: Sir Peter Blake Trust