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Franz Joseph Glacier
February 22, 2012

Alexandra Garfinkel and Trevor Bloom

The Franz Josef glacier is located immediately west of the main divide of the Southern Alps in New Zealand, a rapidly uplifting 400 km tectonic plate boundary between the Pacific and Australian plates. It is likely that the Franz Joseph Glacier arrose in last 2 million year with the uplift of the southern alps, however, it can only be scientifically traced back 12,000 years with rocks found in the terminal morrain known as the Waiho Loop. (more...)

tags: Biogeography of New Zealand, Life in Extreme Environments, West Coast

location: Franz Josef, West Coast, New Zealand

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Franz Josef Glacier Valley
February 22, 2012

Alexandra Garfinkel and Trevor Bloom

The Franz Josef glacier is located immediately west of the main divide of the Southern Alps in New Zealand, a rapidly uplifting 400 km tectonic plate boundary between the Pacific and Australian plates. It is likely that the Franz Joseph Glacier arrose in last 2 million year with the uplift of the southern alps, however, it can only be scientifically traced back 12,000 years with rocks found in the terminal morrain known as the Waiho Loop. (more...)

tags: Biogeography of New Zealand, Life in Extreme Environments, West Coast

location: Franz Josef, West Coast, New Zealand

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Gallirallus australis scotti
January 9, 2012

Family: Rallidae; Genus: Gallirallus; Species: australis Weka, also known as woodhens, are flightless birds endemic to New Zealand. Four subspecies of Weka are found in New Zealand; the photo above is of a Stuart Island Weka (Gallirallus australis scotti). Weka are about the size and weight of a large chicken, however, Stuart Island Weka are the smallest of the four subspecies. (more...)

tags: Field trip Southland/Otago, Biogeography of New Zealand, Field trip Stewart Island

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Craspedia uniflora
January 8, 2012

Family: Asteraceae; Tribe: Gnaphalieae; Genus: Craspedia; Species: uniflora Craspedia is a genus of daisies with 23 species commonly refered to as woolyheads. The Craspedia are endemic to New Zealand and Australia, and grows in a variety of habitats, including alpine regions, grasslands, and shrublands. In New Zealand they inhabit environments ranging from coastal sand dunes to wetlands to tall tussock grasslands, however they do not generally grow in forests of Nothofagus. (more...)

tags: Field trip Southland/Otago, Biogeography of New Zealand, Field trip Stewart Island

location: Southland, New Zealand

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Craspedia uniflora
January 8, 2012

Family: Asteraceae; Tribe: Gnaphalieae; Genus: Craspedia; Species: uniflora Craspedia is a genus of daisies with 23 species commonly refered to as woolyheads. The Craspedia are endemic to New Zealand and Australia, and grows in a variety of habitats, including alpine regions, grasslands, and shrublands. (more...)

tags: Field trip Southland/Otago, Biogeography of New Zealand, Field trip Stewart Island

location: Southland, New Zealand

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