Tagged: West Coast

The lost map of South Westland - Infrequently Asked Questions

Lynley Hargreaves Apr 27, 2017

Fascinating science stories await those willing to delve into New Zealand’s archives. But few do, because of the vast amount of information to sift through, says Dr Simon Nathan, geologist and guest editor of a special issue of the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand. The first of two issues focused on science history, this … Read More

Amid NZ coal mine closures, layoffs, do we need two new mines? - Hot Topic

Cindy Baxter Mar 14, 2016

Last week was a bad week for coal mines on the West Coast. Work on the Denniston Plateau has now stopped Early in the week, Solid Energy announced 24 workers would lose their jobs from the Stockton mine, and by the end of the week, Bathurst announced that it is putting the Denniston mine on hold, laying off 12 … Read More

The Alpine Fault: Is New Zealand Prepared? - Shaken Not Stirred

Jesse Dykstra Nov 20, 2013

The central section of the Alpine Fault (Source: wiki.gns.cri.nz) This post is the first of two articles which explore the potential impacts of the next great earthquake on the Alpine Fault and consider how prepared New Zealand is for that event.  This builds on a previous post which describes the physical properties of the Alpine Fault in more detail. Improved Understanding of Earthquake Hazards in New Zealand … Read More

There’s more to whitebaiting than catching fish - Waiology

Waiology Sep 02, 2013

By Julia Bradshaw George Wood canned whitebait at Hokitika from 1893 until at least the 1920s. (Photo: Hokitika Museum, #4578)Unlike the rest of New Zealand, on the West Coast the season for catching whitebait starts on 1 September and the build-up has been noticeable during the last week. Distinctive huts have appeared along the sides of rivers, motor-homes … Read More

Alpine Fault 101: Getting acquainted with New Zealand’s greatest natural hazard - Shaken Not Stirred

Jesse Dykstra May 28, 2013

Modeled Earthquake Shaking Intensities for New Zealand. Zone of maximum shaking along Alpine Fault indicated by red band.Source: http://blog.teara.govt.nz The Alpine Fault will rupture in the near future (quite possibly in your lifetime), without any prior warning. When it does, the scale of the immediate disaster will be unprecedented in New Zealand, and secondary effects will probably continue … Read More

New Zealand Palynology: Into the West - Journeys to the ice

Matthew Wood Nov 10, 2010

The land is fickle. Uplift and denudation can make paleoclimate science on land difficult in some cases and impossible in others. Oh, to think of all the beautiful terrestrial climate records that have been lost to the sands (or silts or clays) of time! Much more reliable is the ocean, where change is measured not in years or … Read More