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The Torlesse Composite Terrane is a plate tectonic terrane forming part of the South Island of New Zealand. It contains the Rakaia, Aspiring and Pahau Terranes and the Esk Head Belt. Greywacke (or Torlesse Greywacke) is the dominant rock type of the composite terrane; argillite is less common and there are minor basalt occurrences. The Torlesse Composite Terrane is found east of the Alpine Fault in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. Its southern extent is a cryptic boundary with the within the Haast Schists in Central Otago. It is named for the Torlesse Range in Canterbury.

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  • The Torlesse Composite Terrane is a plate tectonic terrane forming part of the South Island of New Zealand. It contains the Rakaia, Aspiring and Pahau Terranes and the Esk Head Belt. Greywacke (or Torlesse Greywacke) is the dominant rock type of the composite terrane; argillite is less common and there are minor basalt occurrences. The Torlesse Composite Terrane is found east of the Alpine Fault in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. Its southern extent is a cryptic boundary with the within the Haast Schists in Central Otago. It is named for the Torlesse Range in Canterbury.
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  • Torlesse Composite Terrane
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  • Kaweka, Rakaia & Pahau Terranes, Esk Head Belt, Pahaoa & Clent Hills Groups
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  • Caples Terrane, Momotu, Waka & Haerenga Supergroups
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  • View of Torless Composite Terrane at Mount Cook
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  • Cross-section of New Zealand's stratigraphy
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  • Mesozoic
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  • Canterbury, Marlborough & Otago Regions
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  • The Torlesse Composite Terrane is a plate tectonic terrane forming part of the South Island of New Zealand. It contains the Rakaia, Aspiring and Pahau Terranes and the Esk Head Belt. Greywacke (or Torlesse Greywacke) is the dominant rock type of the composite terrane; argillite is less common and there are minor basalt occurrences. The Torlesse Composite Terrane is found east of the Alpine Fault in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. Its southern extent is a cryptic boundary with the within the Haast Schists in Central Otago. It is named for the Torlesse Range in Canterbury.
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