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Burning Plain Road, Clinton, Clutha District, Otago Region, South Island, New Zealand

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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.

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201.3 - 252.17 Ma

ID: 1312336
Caples Group sedimentary and metasedimentary rocks

Age: Triassic (201.3 - 252.17 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Caples Group; Caples Group sedimentary and metasedimentary rocks

Description: Sandstone, siltstone, mudstone and conglomerate with some volcanics, rare chert and limestone.

Comments: Eastern Province (Caples Terrane) Rocks

Lithology: Sandstone, siltstone, mudstone, conglomerate, chert, limestone

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]

Norian - Roadian
208.5 - 272.3 Ma

ID: 1319559
Undifferentiated Caples Terrane sandstone and siltstone

Age: Phanerozoic (208.5 - 272.3 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Caples Terrane; Caples Group

Description: Massive to well bedded grey; red and green sandstone with subordinate mudstone and granule conglomerate.

Comments: Basement (Eastern Province) sedimentary rocks. Age based on Radiometric dating

Lithology: Major:: {sandstone},Minor:: {mudstone, conglomerate}

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

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Wilson J. (1912) Reminiscences of the early settlement of Dunedin south Otago: dealing in the main with Clutha and neighbouring districts, J. Wilkik and Co. Ltd, Dunedin.
Bishop, D.G. (1965) The Geology of the Clinton District South Otago, Transactions of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 2, 205-230.

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