Preservation Inlet, Fiordland National Park, Southland District, Southland Region, South Island, New Zealand
|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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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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|Ordovician - Late Cambrian|
443.8 - 501 Ma
|Fanny Bay Group|
Age: Paleozoic (443.8 - 501 Ma)
Stratigraphic Name: Fanny Bay Group
Comments: Western Province (Buller Terrane) Rocks
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. 
|Dapingian - Jiangshanian|
467.3 - 494 Ma
|Preservation Formation (Fanny Bay Group)|
Age: Paleozoic (467.3 - 494 Ma)
Stratigraphic Name: Preservation Formation
Comments: Basement (Western Province) metamorphic rocks. Age based on graptolites
Reference: Heron, D.W. . Geology Map of New Zealand 1:250 000. GNS Science Geological Map 1.