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Contours of the Banks Peninsula, New Zealand – July 10th, 2011

43.5S 172.6E

July 10th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Mountains

New Zealand - July 7th, 2011

Visible on the right side of this orthorectified image is the Banks Peninsula, a peninsula of volcanic origin on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. It has an area of approximately 1,150 square kilometres (440 sq mi) and encompasses two large harbours and many smaller bays and coves.

The South Island’s largest city, Christchurch, is located immediately north of the peninsula. It appears here as a large white area. Near the city and west of the peninsula are the Canterbury Plains, formed from the erosion of the Southern Alps and from the alluvial fans created by large braided rivers. These plains reach their widest point where they meet the hilly sub-region of Banks Peninsula.

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