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New Zealand Natural History A brief over view  of the natural systems  in Aotearoa - New Zealand  Hillary Jenkins, Otago Polytechnic 2008
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Gondwanaland Geology and Climate
Part 1:  Gondwanaland ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
New Zealand’s Basic Geology ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
Pacific Ring of Fire http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Ring_of_Fire
www.otago.ac.nz/geology/af/ alpinefault www.geology.otago.ac.nz
Climate ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
Climatic Zones ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
SO…What does all this mean for the inhabitants of New Zealand??? ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
Lets take a closer look at the features of the different climatic zones …
High Alpine Zone Very cold temperatures, high precipitation, often covered in snow or ice, no soil, all rock, between 1800metres and 3700metres above sea level, very few birds and insects
Photo by Nicky Snoyink
Alpine zone Often cold and wet, maybe covered with snow for part of the year, between 900 metres and 1800 metres above sea level, some soil, few plants, no trees, few birds and insects
Photo by Nicky Snoyink
Temperate   Zone Average to high precipitation, moderate to cold temperatures, some snow, some dry areas, between 400 and 900 metres above sea level though this varies depending on its proximity to the glaciers, reasonably good soil, some forests, birds and insects
Photo by Nicky Snoyink
Sub Tropical Zone Warm climates, rarely frosty, closer the ocean, mostly coastal North Island and small part of Northern Westland, good soil, great diversity of plant and animal life
Photo by Nicky Snoyink
Coastal Zone The unique coastal regions of New Zealand containing, sand dunes, estuaries, river mouths, coastal forest, ranging in temperatures and rainfall depending on the location in the country.
Photo by Nicky Snoyink
The End Photos by Nicky Snoyink

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New Zealand Natural History Pt1 Op 08

  • 1. New Zealand Natural History A brief over view of the natural systems in Aotearoa - New Zealand Hillary Jenkins, Otago Polytechnic 2008
  • 2.
  • 3.
  • 6.
  • 7.
  • 8. Pacific Ring of Fire http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Ring_of_Fire
  • 10.
  • 11.
  • 12.
  • 13. Lets take a closer look at the features of the different climatic zones …
  • 14. High Alpine Zone Very cold temperatures, high precipitation, often covered in snow or ice, no soil, all rock, between 1800metres and 3700metres above sea level, very few birds and insects
  • 15. Photo by Nicky Snoyink
  • 16. Alpine zone Often cold and wet, maybe covered with snow for part of the year, between 900 metres and 1800 metres above sea level, some soil, few plants, no trees, few birds and insects
  • 17. Photo by Nicky Snoyink
  • 18. Temperate Zone Average to high precipitation, moderate to cold temperatures, some snow, some dry areas, between 400 and 900 metres above sea level though this varies depending on its proximity to the glaciers, reasonably good soil, some forests, birds and insects
  • 19. Photo by Nicky Snoyink
  • 20. Sub Tropical Zone Warm climates, rarely frosty, closer the ocean, mostly coastal North Island and small part of Northern Westland, good soil, great diversity of plant and animal life
  • 21. Photo by Nicky Snoyink
  • 22. Coastal Zone The unique coastal regions of New Zealand containing, sand dunes, estuaries, river mouths, coastal forest, ranging in temperatures and rainfall depending on the location in the country.
  • 23. Photo by Nicky Snoyink
  • 24. The End Photos by Nicky Snoyink