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Spring Into Summer Talk Series - Dr Bruce Hayward


Thu 12 Oct 2017, 5:30pm–7:30pm

Where: Whangarei Central Library, 5 Rust Avenue, Whangarei

Restrictions: All Ages

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Out of the Ocean, Into the Fire - An exploration of northern New Zealand's 300-million-year history presented by Dr Bruce Hayward.

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Semi-retired research geologist, paleontologist and marine ecologist Dr Bruce Hayward, will present an illustrated talk about his latest book 'Out of the Ocean, Into the Fire' which tells, for the first time, the fascinating geological history of the formation of Northland, Auckland and the Coromandel Peninsula and the history of its past biota.

The oldest rocks were formed on the deep floor of the ancient Pacific Ocean, between 270 and 25 million years ago. Some were plastered onto the side of the supercontinent of Gondwana about 150-100 million years ago, before they split away to become ancient New Zealand.

Then 25 million years ago, 100,000 cubic kilometres of ocean floor rocks were pushed up out of the ocean and slid hundreds of kilometres southwest to cover all of ancient Northland. Since then the later history has been dominated by the most violent and diverse volcanic activity to occur in a region of this size anywhere on Earth.

The present-day shape and land forms of the region reflect its more recent history with local uplift, erosion, volcanic activity, construction of New Zealand’s largest sand-dune barriers and harbours and moulding of the coast by the oscillating sea levels during the Ice Ages.

Audience question-time will follow this discussion and signed copies of ‘Out of the Ocean into the Fire', will be available for purchase.

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