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Clutha Panorama 1080pixel

Clutha River meander, photographed from Queensberry heights, on northern slopes of the Pisa Range.

Wanaka and Hawea glaciers have extended well beyond here several times in the last 600,000 years. Outwash terraces were left, where rivers draining the glacier deposited rocks. Some terraces were augmented by outwash fans, from rivers draining the mountain ranges bordering the valley. The Clutha has carved into glacial debris on the valley floor, well illustrated in the meander. Vegetation is adapted to the dry, near desert conditions of Central Otago.

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Taken on April 28, 2012