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The Emerald Lakes on the Tongariro Crossing
March 4, 2012

The emerald lakes were formed when water filled explosive craters on Mt. Tongariro. The steam in the picture shows the geothermal activity on the mountain. Learning about life in extreme environments has showed us that there are lots of things that can surprisingly live in these high-heat areas. (more...)

tags: Life in Extreme Environments

location: Whakapapa, Manawatu Wanganui, New Zealand

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January 5, 2012

The Southern Rata (Metrosideros umbellata) is a native tree of New Zealand and has been one of our favorite plants to find, observe, and identify while we are out tramping in the field. Their flowers are a source of nectar for native birds such as the Tui. A conservation issue concerning the Rata is that it is targeted as a favorite food source for introduced possums. (more...)

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

location: Fiordland, Southland, New Zealand

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January 5, 2012

The cushion sea star is a broad name for these types of sea stars which are found worldwide. This particular sea star was picked up by our "grabber" tool in Doubtful Sound. Doubtful Sound is a beautiful part of Fiordland, but unfortunately has a different marine ecology than most other areas in Fiordland. The hydroelectric plant on Lake Manatipu deposits much more fresh water into Doubtful Sound than is normal for the fjords. (more...)

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

location: Fiordland, Southland, New Zealand

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