Location of the Chatham Islands
|Location||Southern Pacific Ocean|
|Area||966 km2 (373 sq mi)|
|Highest elevation||299 m (981 ft)|
|Population||600 (2013 census)|
|• Summer (DST)|
The Chatham Islands are a New Zealand archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. They are about 800 kilometres (500 mi) east of the South Island of New Zealand. The archipelago is a cluster of about ten islands in 60-kilometre (37 mi) radius. The largest are Chatham Island and Pitt Island.
Some of these islands are now nature reserves to protect the unique flora and fauna. As of 2013[update] the islands had a resident population of 600. The local economy depends largely on conservation, tourism, farming, and fishing.
Geology[change | change source]
The Chatham Islands are part of the now largely submerged continent of Zealandia.
The rocks are a Mesozoic schist basement covered by marine sedimentary rocks. The rocks show sections of basalt from a series of eruptions. Volcanic activity has occurred multiple times since the Cretaceous. At present there is no active volcanism near the Chatham Rise.
References[change | change source]
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