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Aviemore (Waitangi Station; Lake Aviemore), Waimate District, Canterbury Region, South Island, New Zealand

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 44° 36' 10'' South , 170° 18' 0'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -44.60281,170.30012
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate

Selenite crystals found in the camping area by Lake Aviemore, near the Waitangi Station homestead. During wet weather the tracks into the camping area become dug up exposing crystals, and may also be found in road banks in the immediate area.

Ferro-axinite listed on Mindat relates to (Mansergh and Watters, 1970), however the reference could not be accessed. The species may not relate specifically to the selenite site. Pale brown ferro-axinite in quartz and prehnite veins, hosted by prehnite-pumpyellite metagreywacke

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2 valid minerals.

Regional Geology

This geological map and associated information on rock units at or nearby to the coordinates given for this locality is based on relatively small scale geological maps provided by various national Geological Surveys. This does not necessarily represent the complete geology at this locality but it gives a background for the region in which it is found.

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Holocene - Late Pleistocene
0 - 0.126 Ma

ID: 1359926
OIS1 (Holocene) fan deposits

Age: Pleistocene (0 - 0.126 Ma)

Description: Boulders, gravel, sand, silt and clay forming sloping alluvial fans and grading into scree and valley alluvium.

Comments: Holocene river deposits. Age based on geomorphic estimate

Lithology: Major:: {gravel},Minor:: {sand, silt}

Reference: Heron, D.W. . Geology Map of New Zealand 1:250 000. GNS Science Geological Map 1. [13]

5.333 - 23.03 Ma

ID: 1310590
Manuherikia Group

Age: Miocene (5.333 - 23.03 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Maui Supergroup; Manuherikia Group; Manuherikia Group

Description: Claystone and siltstone with minor sandstone and limestone; quartzose conglomerate and sandstone with minor lignite seams.

Comments: Zealandia Megasequence Terrestrial and Shallow Marine Sedimentary Rocks (Neogene)

Lithology: Claystone, siltstone, sandstone, limestone, conglomerate, lignite

Reference: Edbrooke, S.W., Heron, D.W., Forsyth, P.J., Jongens, R. (compilers). Geology Map of New Zealand 1:1 000 000. GNS Science Geological Map 2. [12]

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Railton, G.L., Watters, W.A. (1990) Minerals of New Zealand, New Zealand Geological Survey Bulletin No. 104.
Pringle, I.J., Kawachi, Y (1980) Axinite mineral group in low grade regionally metamorphosed rocks in southern New Zealand, American Mineralogist, 65, 1119-1129.

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