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IDENTIFICATION AND SIGNIFICANCE OF A LATE PLEISTOCENE TEPHRA IN CANTERBURY DISTRICT, SOUTH-ISLAND, NEW-ZEALAND

BP KOHN

QUATERNARY RESEARCH | ACADEMIC PRESS INC JNL-COMP SUBSCRIPTIONS | Published : 1979

Abstract

A rhyolitic ash 4 to 8 cm thick is well preserved within a thick loess unit in a coastal section 2 km long near Teviotdale, Canterbury district, South Island, New Zealand. The ash (informally named Tiromoana ash) contains fresh glass shards which give a fission-track age of 20,300 ± 7100 yr B.P. The only possible source for such a tephra with this age range is from Taupo Volcanic Zone (TVZ), North Island, some 550 km north of Teviotdale. Within the time span ca. 15,000 to 42,000 yr B.P. five widespread and voluminous rhyolitic tephras (viz. Rerewhakaaitu Ash, Rotoehu Ash, Kawakawa Tephra, Omataroa Tephra, and Mangaone Tephra) were erupted from TVZ. On the basis of the fission-track age, ferr..

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