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Mt. Ruapehu Vegetation
March 27, 2012

This is a photo of the vegetation near the base of Mt. Ruapehu. Note the dominance of shrubs, and the lack of larger vegetation such as trees. This is attributed to the relatively harsh climate, as well as the geology. Due to the ash from previous eruptions, there is a lack of nutrients as well as poor drainage in the soil, which is not conducive to larger plant growth. It is also very windy, causing a dry environment which further makes it unsuitable to larger vegetation. (more...)

tags: Life in Extreme Environments, Field trip North Island, Mt Ruapehu

location: Karioi, Manawatu Wanganui, New Zealand

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Sediment Sampling in Doubtful Sound
January 4, 2012

This photo displays students digging through sediment samples collected in Doubtful Sound (southwest New Zealand). The Manapouri hydroelectric dam constructed above Doubtful Sound (operation starting in 1972) discharges fresh water into the sound and disrupts the natural stratification of the water, resulting in a larger freshwater layer that allows more light into the water. (more...)

tags: Conservation Biology, Field trip Fiordland/Doubtful Sound

location: Southland, New Zealand

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Earthquake-induced Erosion
January 4, 2012

This photo displays earthquake-induced erosion in Doubtful Sound (southwest New Zealand). Due to New Zealand’s frequent seismic activity, many evidences of this can be found throughout the Sound, and have occurred throughout New Zealand’s history. Over a period of time, forest systems will establish themselves on the sides of these mountains. However, once an earthquake strikes, the hillside can fall down into the water, quickly destroying what took decades to build. (more...)

tags: Biogeography of New Zealand, Field trip Fiordland/Doubtful Sound

location: Southland, New Zealand

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