Field trip guide to Oligocene Limestones and Caves in the Waitomo District
Nelson, C.S. & Hendy, C.H. (2013). Field trip guide to Oligocene Limestones and Caves in the Waitomo District. Ministry of Economic Development, New Zealand, unpublished Petroleum Report PR4066, 44 pp.
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The field guide runs from Hamilton to Waitomo to Te Anga and return in limestone-dominated country developed in transgressive sedimentary deposits of the Oligocene Te Kuiti Group – a world class example of a temperate shelf carbonate depositional system. Attention focuses on the nature, distribution and paleoenvironmental controls of the main limestone facies and some of the mixed terrigenous-carbonate facies in the Group. Along the way features of the Waitomo karst landscape are noted and the trip concludes by going underground in the Ruakuri Cave to discuss cave origins and the evidence for paleoenvironmental changes locked up in speleothems.
© 2013 C. S. Nelson & C. H. Hendy.