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This booklet brings jointly an summary of the new geological background, energetic earth and organic methods and human cost of recent Zealand. themes lined comprise the very energetic neotectonic and volcanic surroundings. Mountain geomorphic approaches are tested and new principles approximately landsliding are highlighted. the outstanding sedimentary records of the Whanganui Basin also are awarded. As one among land lots that stretch into the southern mid-latitudes, New Zealand is preferably positioned to enquire alterations in Southern Ocean weather. relating to this, mountain glaciation in New Zealand is a spotlight in international weather switch debates. New Zealand additionally has a distinct biota because of its lengthy isolation and is the final significant land mass to be settled via humans. Advances in DNA applied sciences have revolutionised our knowing of the histories and procedures concerned. The ebook presents a entire overview of present paintings and highlights new principles and significant debates throughout these kinds of fields.

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Beavan J, Ellis S, Wallace L et al (2007). Kinematic constraints from GPS on oblique convergence of the Pacific and Australian Plates, central South Island, New Zealand, in “A Continental Plate Boundary: Tectonics at South Island, New Zealand”. Geophys. Monogr. , vol. 175, edited by D. Okaya, T. Stern, and F. Davey, pp. 75–94, AGU, Washington, D. 1029/ 175GM05. Beavan RJ, Denys P, Denham M et al (2010). Distribution of present-day vertical deformation across the Southern Alps, New Zealand, from 10 years of GPS data.

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1995; Barnes 1996; Beanland et al. 1998; Barnes et al. 2002b; Lamarche et al. 2005). Given the spatial extent of the Quaternary acceleration of deformation it was likely driven by plate-scale processes, although the precise origin is unknown. , Axial Ranges and further east, Marlborough ranges within the MFS and Southern Alps) and provides a likely maximum age for this topography. , Ghani 1978; Shane et al. 1996). 5 Myrs (Nicol et al. 2002). 3 Ma (Tippett and Kamp 1993) and if the Late Quaternary dip slip of *12 mm/year applied for this entire time interval, would have produced up to *8–14 km of total uplift during this time.

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