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15th Annual Geoff Baylis Lecture - Life On Zelandia

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When:

  • Wed 14 Sep ’16, 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Where:

University of Otago, 364 Leith Walk, Dunedin

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Held by the Botanical Society of Otago in conjunction with the Department of Botany, University of Otago.

Presentation by Dr. Nick Mortimer, Geologist and petrologist with GNS Science in Dunedin. Dr. Nick Mortimer has travelled and worked in many parts of on land and offshore Zealandia including Otago, Southland, New Caledonia, the Norfolk Ridge, and Chatham Rise and Islands. He is a co-author with Dr. Hamish Campbell of the book, Zealandia Our Continent Revealed, which explores the geological origins and history of the New Zealand continental land mass.

The recognition of Zealandia as a 94% submerged continent in the SW Pacific Ocean provides a new context for many aspects of natural science. The development of Zealandia’s distinct cargo of plants and animals has been shaped by its 100-million-year geological haerenga from the South Pole to where it is today. In this illustrated lecture, Nick will paint a picture of Zealandia’s ever-changing geography and life. He will talk about how geologists make maps of ancient landmasses, and how Zealandia’s biota has changed through time.

This event is part of Conservation Week 2016.

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