The Sea versus the Land - will there be a winner?

Join David Barrell as he explores the battle between the seas and lands of Aotearoa New Zealand.

TUE 17 SEP, 6.30PM
TE MATA TAIRONGO AUDITORIUM LEVEL 2
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Aotearoa New Zealand is the largest emergent part of the mainly submerged Zealandia continent. Plate-boundary tectonic deformation is responsible for Aotearoa’s ongoing emergence, and its margins are constantly under attack by waves in the vast surrounding ocean. Aotearoa’s landscape reflects an interplay between the rock foundations, the climate which gives precipitation to drive erosion and the river transport of sediment, and wave energy in the coastal zone which distributes the sediment once it reaches the sea. Perspectives of ‘whole system’ processes and mass/energy budgets, coupled with eustatic ebb and flow of the sea across the continental shelf through glacial/interglacial climate cycles, provide an integrated approach for explaining the form of Aotearoa’s landscape and behaviour of its river systems. This talk will explore the battle between sea and land, from the deep geological past through to modern times, and interpret the richly varied form of our coastline, from the long sweeping cliffs of some places, and indented bays and estuaries of others. Whole-system perspectives will be used to discuss likely coastal changes in coming decades to centuries under changing climate.

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About David Barrell

A senior scientist with GNS Science in Dunedin, David describes himself as a ‘general practitioner’ of geoscience research and consultancy. His career highlights include making geological and geomorphological maps, investigations of active faults, glacial history and geological hazards, and first-response science data collection following NZ’s major earthquakes of the 2010’s.
 

 

Ticket Price: Pay What You Can

Ticket Price: Pay What You Can

For this event we’re inviting you to set the price for your ticket yourself and pay what you can to participate. You can enter any amount and select the number of tickets. Each ticket will be charged at the selected amount.

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