Burning Plain Road, Clinton, Clutha District, Otago Region, South Island, New Zealand
|Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):||46° 4' 5'' South , 169° 23' 44'' East|
|Latitude & Longitude (decimal):||-46.06826,169.39570|
|Köppen climate type:||Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate|
Mentioned briefly in (Bishop, 1965), in a more general explanation of the geology of the Clinton area.
Since before European settlement, lignite seams had been on fire here. It was observed in 1857, and it is said the name was given by early settlers W.B. and A.D. Fuller.
The area has slumped from the fires, and Bishop studied brick-red and black fused sediments from the site. At a petrological level, the fused sediments contained cordierite, plagioclase, mullite, cristobale, and relict quartz.
Burning Plain Road is about 10 kilometres north of Clinton, in a little visited farming area, reached by a series of gravel back-roads. The area is not as extensive as historically stated, and may have been impinged by the surrounding agricultural paddocks. Neither is it listed anywhere as a place of interest to visit, and it is uncertain if the seams are still alight.
4 valid minerals.
Rock Types Recorded
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201.3 - 252.17 Ma
|Caples Group sedimentary and metasedimentary rocks|
Age: Triassic (201.3 - 252.17 Ma)
Comments: Eastern Province (Caples 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. 
|Norian - Roadian|
208.5 - 272.3 Ma
|Undifferentiated Caples Terrane sandstone and siltstone|
Age: Phanerozoic (208.5 - 272.3 Ma)
Stratigraphic Name: Caples Terrane; Caples Group
Comments: Basement (Eastern Province) sedimentary rocks. Age based on Radiometric dating
Reference: Heron, D.W. . Geology Map of New Zealand 1:250 000. GNS Science Geological Map 1.