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Summary Page: Earth Science Coast to Coast - a geologic road trip across the South Island
Term 1 starting 27 March 2012.



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In preparation for this field trip you will learn about New Zealand geology, geologic time, the age of rocks , types of rocks, the rock cycle, the moving crust, folding and faulting, mountain building, erosion, igneous rock formation, volcanic examples, plutonic examples, sedimentary rock formation, rocks that talk, fossils, metamorphic rock formation. During the field trip you will travel on a geological road trip from east coast to west across the South Island. On the way you will put questions to geologists as they explain the processes of rock formation, faulting and folding, and the concept of geologic time. You will also go fossil hunting as you discover how New Zealand's unique landscape was formed. After the field trip, you and your class will never look at rocks the same way again.

Where you will go

Start with volcanic rocks of Banks Peninsula which were formed from eruptions of the Akaroa and Lyttelton volcanoes. Then head out on the Canterbury plains to go fossil hunting in the internationally-recognised fossil hunting area of Waipara. Travel through Lewis Pass across the mighty Alpine Fault to the West Coast and explore places like the famous sedimentary rock formation called Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki. Travel back through Arthur's Pass across the jagged metamorphic rocks of the Southern Alps which continue to be uplifted where two tectonic plates meet. Travel out across the Canterbury plains as you gain an understanding of how they were formed.

Learning Areas/Levels

Science: Planet Earth and Beyond Levels 2-8, Nature of Science Levels 2-8, Earth and Space Science Levels 7-8; Social Sciences: Geography Level 7

More Curriculum

Also covers content for Achievement Standards from Earth and Space Science (ESS) within the Planet Earth and Beyond Strand such as ESS 2.3 (and AS91189): Investigate geological processes in a New Zealand locality; ESS 2.5: Demonstrate understanding of extreme Earth events; ESS 2.7: Demonstrate understanding of physical principles related to the Earth System; ESS 3.3: Demonstrate understanding of the evidence relating to geological events. Also Science 1.13 Demonstrate understanding of the formation of surface features in New Zealand.

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Inquiry Topics: Canterbury, earth science, earthquakes, erosion, extreme natural events, folding and faulting, fossils, geology, landforms, mountain building, plate tectonics, rock types, Southern Alps, spatial variation, the rock cycle, volcanoes, West Coast

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