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Preservation Inlet, Fiordland National Park, Southland District, Southland Region, South Island, New Zealand

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 46° 6' 11'' South , 166° 43' 4'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -46.10325,166.71803
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate

Preservation Inlet is one of the most remote parts of New Zealand, at the very south-west corner of the South Island. There are no roads, and the only human habitation is the Kisbee Lodge, which provides accommodation. The site needs to be accessed by helicopter. Occasional cruises visit the inlet from Milford Sound.

The inlet is a fiord, surrounded by mountains, waterfalls, and thick temperate rainforest. It is cold, and rains much of the year.

Several hundred miners braved the elements in the 1890's when alluvial gold was discovered. Four major quartz lode mines were subsequently opened in the late 1890's, but all had closed within a few years.

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Ordovician - Late Cambrian
443.8 - 501 Ma

ID: 1308810
Fanny Bay Group

Age: Paleozoic (443.8 - 501 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Fanny Bay Group

Description: Psammitic and pelitic metasediments interbedded with quartzite and rare marble.

Comments: Western Province (Buller Terrane) Rocks

Lithology: Sandstone, siltstone, quartzite, marble

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]

Dapingian - Jiangshanian
467.3 - 494 Ma

ID: 1317641
Preservation Formation (Fanny Bay Group)

Age: Paleozoic (467.3 - 494 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Preservation Formation

Description: Well bedded quartz-rich metasandstone and both graphitic and non-graphitic metamudstone; subordinate quartzite; locally graptolitic.

Comments: Basement (Western Province) metamorphic rocks. Age based on graptolites

Lithology: Major:: {metasandstone},Minor:: {metamudstone, quartzite, hornfels}

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

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Christie, A.B., Brathwaite, R.L. (1997) Mineral Commodity Report 14-Gold. New Zealand Mining 21:21-40.
Railton, G.T., Watters, W.A. (1990) Minerals of New Zealand. New Zealand Geological Survey Bulletin 104, 89 pages.

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