Geology of Takitimu group rocks in the Nugget Hill region, western Southland, New Zealand


MacCulloch, Samantha, 1970-


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An area approximately 31 hm2, centered around Nugget }fill in western Southland was mapped in detail. The geology in this area is dominated by Takitimu Group lithologies which are intruded by the White Hill Intrusive Suite. To the northeast of Nugget Hill, Barretts Formation unconformably overlies Takitimu Group and the White Hill Intrusive rocks. The Barretts Formation has been overthrust by the Murihiku Supergroup along the Letham Ridge Thrust. A sli-v-er of Wairahi Melange occurs between the Barretts Formation and the Murihihu Supergroup.
The Tahitimu Group consists of volcanic and volcaniclastic lithologies which were deposited in sedimentary basins flanhing the volcanoes of an island arc system. The Group in the Nugget Hill area is divided in to two formations, the Heartbreah Formation consisting primarily of volcanic rochs with rare volcaniclastic material and the MacLean Peahs Formation which is dominated by intercalated volcaniclastic rudites, arenites and lutites with the occasional flow of basalt and basaltic-andesite lavas. The White Hill Intrusive Suite includes gabbros and microgabbros of very similar compositions to the Tahitimu Group. Barretts Formation conglomerates and sandstones contain exotic clasts with respect to the Tahitimu Group. These include granites, siliceous volcanics and ignimbrite.
A newly recognised southeastward plunging asymmetrical anticline has deformed the Tahitimu Group in the region. The Telford Fault which strihes approximately north-west separates approximately east-west strihing, south facing units from north-west striking, east facing units of the Tahitimu Group. <U<JplOuiA'IIlY\.-1 ~~~. About 1 km of -eflf;e.t is inferred at the south end and about 7 hm of is inferred at the north end of the fault. Southeast of Nugget Hill a southeastward dipping thrust fault is mapped and an oblique fault is mapped down the Wairahi River south of the Telford Burn confluence. These are splayed faults which accommodate offset at the southern end of the Telford Fault.

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vii, 141 (i.e. 142) leaves : ill. (some col.), maps ; 30 cm.


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MacCulloch, Samantha, 1970-, “Geology of Takitimu group rocks in the Nugget Hill region, western Southland, New Zealand,” Otago Geology Theses, accessed May 22, 2024,

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