This photo displays earthquake-induced erosion in Doubtful Sound (southwest New Zealand). Due to New Zealand’s frequent seismic activity, many evidences of this can be found throughout the Sound, and have occurred throughout New Zealand’s history. Over a period of time, forest systems will establish themselves on the sides of these mountains. However, once an earthquake strikes, the hillside can fall down into the water, quickly destroying what took decades to build. Once again, forest systems will begin to establish themselves, as evidenced by the lighter-green undergrowth, starting the cycle all over again.
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