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NZ Herald: We’re a nation built on shifting rock

Peter Griffin posted in on December 20th, 2010.

John Roughan writes in the New Zealand Herald about New Zealand’s geology, and how its landscape came to be. He explains why the flowing hard rock which makes up the earth’s crust isn’t flat, using the analogy of milk and cream for the two types of rock which rise from the earth’s depths: granite and […]

NZ Herald/NZPA: Geologists show how NZ and Australia broke apart

Peter Griffin posted in on March 25th, 2010.

A mathematical model which was created to show how Australia and New Zealand originally broke apart suggests the same process may currently be happening in South America. Australia and New Zealand began breaking up over 100 million years ago, when the rate of descent of descent between the Pacific and Gondwana plates slowed, causing the […]

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