Te Whanga Lagoon

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Te Whanga Lagoon
Location Chatham Island
Coordinates 43°51′53″S 176°27′57″W / 43.86472°S 176.46583°W / -43.86472; -176.46583Coordinates: 43°51′53″S 176°27′57″W / 43.86472°S 176.46583°W / -43.86472; -176.46583
Basin countries New Zealand
Surface area 150 square kilometres (58 sq mi)

Covering 160 square kilometres (62 sq mi),[1] Te Whanga Lagoon dominates the geography of Chatham Island, in the South Pacific Ocean off New Zealand's east coast.

It is the outflow of several small rivers in the island's hilly south, and drains to the Pacific via gaps in Hanson Bay on the east coast of the island.

It contains many fossilized shark teeth that can be collected from the edges of the lagoon. Over time the lagoon is likely to silt up.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Story: Chatham Islands". web page. The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. 7 September 2012. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Story: Chatham Islands". web page. The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. 7 September 2012. Retrieved 15 December 2012.