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Tuesday Talks: Zealandia - The New Zealand Continent

Tuesday Talks: Zealandia - The New Zealand Continent

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When:

  • Tue 5 Jul ’16, 7:00pm

Where:

Space Place at Carter Observatory, 40 Salamanca Rd, Kelburn, Wellington

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission (Adult): $12.50

New Zealand is part of a continent called Zealandia. Most of this is hidden under the ocean. Lying across two moving plates, it’s a never-ending force of rocks being pushed up, which in turn creates the hills and mountains of Aotearoa.

Imagine the naked Earth with all its air, water and life stripped from it. It would appear as a full moon with patches of white and silvery grey. Hamish Campbell from GNS Science will talk about Earth, focusing on the New Zealand Continent and how it’s shaping up – looking at the continental and oceanic crusts and explaining why they are so special.

Much of his research concerns the older rocks and fossils of New Zealand that are between 300 and 150 million years old. Another research interest is the geology of the Chatham Islands.

With the seismic activity that’s happening around the world today, this should be a very interesting discussion.

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