The rocks beneath southern New Zealand's heavily vegetated landscape consist of gneiss. Developed by metamorphosis out of granite these rocks were exposed to high pressure and temperature. 500 million years ago these rocks built up the roots of New Zealand. Additionally shale rocks can be found. These also metamorphic rocks consist of ancient seafloor sediments. Only 15 million years ago, massive uplift created a mountain chain. The last ice age formed today’s Fiordland landscape out of these mountains.
Pentax K2, Pentax 28mm, f/22, 8sec, Kodak Ektachrome E6, ISO 100, tripod