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Auckland's Volcanoes and Geology - An Introduction


Tue 22 Aug 2017, 7:00pm–8:30pm
Tue 29 Aug 2017, 7:00pm–8:30pm
Sat 2 Sep 2017, 9:00am–11:00am
Sat 2 Sep 2017, 11:00am–5:00pm
Tue 5 Sep 2017, 7:00pm–8:30pm

Where: Selwyn Community Education, 203 Kohimarama Road, Kohimarama, Auckland

Restrictions: R15

Ticket Information:

  • Course fee: $80.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: SelwynComed

Selwyn Community Education is based at Selwyn College, Kohimarama, Auckland.

This course runs on Tuesday evenings 7 - 8:30pm over three weeks, and also includes two optional Saturday events: a classroom session from 9am - 11am (preparatory to the field trip), then a field trip to 5pm for those who are keen for a full day. It starts on 22 August 2017.

Evening 1 (22 August 7 - 8:30pm) Basement Rocks: Igneous, volcanic and sedimentary rocks; crustal plates, subduction, spreading zones; basement rocks of northern NZ. Specimens: main rock types - greywacke, argillite, chert.

During this first class, we will confirm arrangements for the Saturday visits (for those who wish to participate) and organise car pooling etc.

Saturday morning (2 September 9 - 11am) Volcanoes of Auckland, lava caves and fossil forests. Specimens: volcanic bombs, scoria, tuff, basalt, olivine.

Optional field trip Saturday afternoon (2 September 11am - 5pm): Visit examples of Auckland's volcanic explosion craters, scoria cones, lava flows and fossil forests killed by their eruption.

Evening 2 (29 August 7 - 8:30pm) The Waitemata Basin and Waitakere Volcano: Faults and folds; Turbidites; Basal Waitematas; Parnell Grit; submarine canyons; Albany Conglomerate; Submarine fans. Specimens: Waitemata sandstone, mudstone, conglomerate, basal Waitemata limestone, breccia, Parnell grit, Waitemata fossils, Waitakere andesite.

Evening 3 (5 September 7 - 8:30pm) Auckland landforms and the Ice Ages: The late Miocene, Pliocene and Pleistocene ages of northern NZ; peneplain, block faulting, erosion and flooding valleys; impact of sea level and climate cycles; growth of Awhitu and Kaipara sand dune barriers; Taupo ash. Specimens: black sand, Taupo tephra.

With Bruce W Hayward, PhD in Geology and author of many books.

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