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Natural Hazards - The Alpine Fault

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 Kā Tiritiri o te Moana, the Southern Alps.

Welcome to Natural Hazards -  The Alpine Fault. This field trip takes place on 25-27 August 2020 and is supported by EQC - Earthquake Commision | Kōmihana RūwhenuaEnrol now.

Introduction 

Come and explore the Alpine Fault, one of the world's major geological features. Experts will take you to remote locations to help you understand what causes earthquakes, landslides and tsunami and how you can manage the risk of these events. Aotearoa sits on the boundary between the moving Pacific and Australian Plate. These plates continue to shape our amazing landscape, creating spectacular mountains, valleys and lakes. During this field trip you will discover the power of these geological forces as you look at the evidence left behind in the Franz Josef Waiau landscape.

Meet Shelley the LEARNZ field trip teacher.

Meet Shelley the LEARNZ field trip teacher

Watch the introductory video - coming soon.

Location

The Alpine Fault is a very distinct feature along Te Waipounamu, the South Island. This is because Kā Tiritiri o te Moana, the Southern Alps have been uplifted along their eastern side, making the fault clearly visible from space. The town of Franz Josef Waiau is located directly above the Alpine Fault making it an ideal place to study the largest seismic hazard in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

The Alpine Fault

Field Trip Plan - Term 3 2020

Tuesday 25 August

 Day 1

Exploring shaky ground

Discover the spectacular scenery of Tai Poutini Westland and take a closer look at the Alpine Fault. Find out how this fault has shaped Te Waipounamu, the South Island.

Wednesday 26 August

 Day 2

Living near an active fault

 Investigate the possible impacts of a magnitude 8 Alpine Fault earthquake. Look at what is being done in Franz Josef Waiau township to manage these impacts.

Thursday 27 August

 Day 3

Getting prepared

Meet students from South Westland Area School and see how they have identified local hazards. Learn how to prepare for natural hazards such as earthquakes, tsunami and landslides and protect your property.

What's New

Monday 27 July Newsletter sent to all enrolled classes. Teachers can now book a web conference to speak to experts live during the field trip.

Monday 27 July

The Natural Hazards field trip has been postponed and will now be held 25-27 August.

Monday 27 July

The 2020 Natural Hazards field trip website is now online.

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