eXtra - OneGeology Kids - Rocks and minerals - Igneous rocks. Resources - Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. There are many books and websites that look at New Zealand’s geological make-up and the subsequent natural hazards.
Some good books are: Awesome Forces Hicks, Geoff, & Campbell, Hamish, eds. 1998. Te Papa Press, in association with EQC and GNS, Wellington. Highly recommended for students and teachers alike, this book gives excellent background on the workings of our Earth before honing in on New Zealand and why it has such active faults and volcanoes. Slumbering Giants - The volcanoes and thermal regions of the central North Island Cox, Geoffrey J. 1996. The Restless Country - Volcanoes and earthquakes of New Zealand Cox, Geoffrey J. 1999. A great introduction to earthquakes and volcanoes (including extinct ones) in New Zealand. Fountains of Fire - The story of Auckland’s volcanoes Cox, Geoffrey J. 2000. Investigates the story of Auckland’s 48 volcanoes and their eruptions. Layers of the Earth Experiments for Kids.
Geological Map of New Zealand. Earthquakes. On this page: Waikato earthquakes; How earthquakes happen; Earthquake hazards; Measuring earthquakes ; What we are doing; What you can do; Useful links.
Cook Strait Earthquake updates: For up to date information on the Cook Strait Earthqukes affecting the Wellington and wider regions, see the GNS Science website. If you have felt an earthquake, visit the GeoNet website and record your experience. Earthquakes are natural hazards that occur when the earth’s tectonic plates move against each other. They disturb the earth's surface, damaging people and property. There are some specific areas in the Waikato region that contain active earthquake fault lines which are more likely to experience earthquake activity.
Nz geology. Glaciers in New Zealand - Glaciers and glaciation. Ice on the move A glacier is a huge river of ice, moving slowly down sloping terrain.
Glaciers form above the permanent snowline, where winter snowfall exceeds the amount of snow that melts in summer. Snow builds up over many years, compacting to form glacier ice. Gravity sends a glacier creeping downwards, slowly deforming internally and sliding on its base. When it reaches lower, warmer altitudes, the ice melts as fast as it moves. New Zealand’s glaciers are fed by snow carried on the moisture-laden winds in the stormy latitudes known as the roaring forties. How many glaciers are there? In 1966 it was estimated that there were about 370 glaciers in New Zealand. North Island glaciers In the North Island, only volcanic Mt Ruapehu (2,797 metres) has glaciers. South Island glaciers The South Island has glaciers from Fiordland to Nelson. Most of New Zealand’s largest glaciers are in the Southern Alps, which have the highest mountains and heaviest precipitation (rain, snow, sleet or hail).
New Zealand Geography. It is not often that the temperature falls under 0 degree or rise above 30 degrees.
In general the climate throughout New Zealand is mild; it goes from cool to warm temperate. New Zealand may have in one day the four seasons. Christchurch is considered to be the one of the driest area located in the South Island of New Zealand. Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. Aoraki / Mount Cook. Location The mountain is in the Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park, in the Canterbury region, which was established in 1953 and along with Westland National Park, Mount Aspiring National Park and Fiordland National Park forms one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The park contains more than 140 peaks standing over 2,000 metres (6,600 ft) and 72 named glaciers, which cover 40 percent of the park's 700 square kilometres (170,000 acres). The settlement of Mount Cook Village is a tourist centre and base camp for the mountain. It is 7 km from the end of the Tasman Glacier and 12 km south of Aoraki / Mount Cook's summit. Climate Aoraki/Mount Cook receives substantial orographic precipitation throughout the year, as breezy, moisture-laden westerly winds dominate all year-round, bringing rainclouds from the Tasman Sea with them.
Www.doc.govt.nz/upload/documents/getting-involved/students-and-teachers/field-trips-by-region/canterbury/aoraki/aoraki-mt-cook-education-resource-colour.pdf. Landforms: Face of the Earth.