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The Changing Face of Aotearoa

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  • Thu 5 May ’16, 5:30pm – 6:45pm


National Library of New Zealand, 70 Molesworth Street, Thorndon, Wellington


All Ages

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  • Free Admission


National Library

For more than 2000 years, philosophers have speculated about the origin and evolution of landforms. What began as simple explanations for observations (i.e. the farming here is good because the river floods every year) slowly gave way to ever more complex and eventually quantitative models of landscape change. These advances have largely been driven by changes in scientific approaches which have led us towards the modern field of geomorphology, the study of change at Earth’s surface. Throughout its long history, maps have been at the centre of geomorphology. In this talk I will discuss how revolutions in cartography, geology, chemistry, and physics have led to major advances in our understanding of New Zealand’s landscapes.

Kevin Norton is a Senior Lecturer of Physical Geography at Victoria University of Wellington. He studied chemistry and geology at The Ohio State University and geology at the University of Minnesota-Duluth in the USA. He later received a doctorate from the Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany and arrived in Wellington after a post-doctoral position at the University of Bern, Switzerland. He specializes in the application of geochemical and numerical methods to surface processes. In 2015, he was awarded a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship from the Royal Society of New Zealand to study soil production and erosion and their role in stabilizing global climates.

A Talk by Kevin Norton

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