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Summary Page: Geohazards - volcanoes, tsunami, landslides, earthquakes and hydrothermal activity
Term 1 starting 25 February 2014.



Photo: Lloyd Homer, GNS Science.

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Teachers - how about we host your students on a guided trip to the Bay of Plenty - from the safety of your classroom! Experts will take you to remote locations to help you better understand what causes natural disasters such as tsunami, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and landslides, and how we can manage the risk. This trip fits well with big ideas like hazards, community, our world, nature, self, New Zealand and personal responsibility. This LEARNZ trip is the sixth in a series on geohazards that have included the Auckland volcanic field, Wellington and the Canterbury Earthquakes. Enrol Now.

In preparation for this field trip you will learn about:

  • the earth's crust and plate tectonics
  • why volcanoes are where they are
  • tsunamis, how common they are and what causes them
  • New Zealand's vulnerability to landslides
  • preparing for natural hazards such as volcanic eruptions and tsunamis
  • New Zealand's Earthquake Commission (EQC)
  • natural hazard preparedness and emergency plans

During the field trip you will:

  • visit Waimangu hot springs to find out why New Zealand has active volcanoes and hydrothermal areas
  • see how people can prepare for and react to tsunami
  • meet engineers, scientists and people involved in trying to understand natural hazards and how we cope with them
  • look back in time at the Buried Village of Te Wairoa to see how the Tarawera eruption affected people and the environment
  • discover the impacts of landslides and how these can be reduced
  • see how New Zealand's geohazards are detected and monitored

Where you will go

The Bay of Plenty sits near the southern end of the Tonga-Kermadec Trench, one of Earth's deepest oceanic trenches (over 10,000m). The 1,000km trench represents the boundary between the Pacific Plate moving south-west under the Indo-Australian Plate. The line of volcanic activity that parallels the trench includes Raoul Island, White Island, Tarawera and the other central north island volcanoes. The Bay of Plenty region is, not surprisingly one of the most seismically active in New Zealand and a very good place to explore the nature of geohazards! Note: weather and other factors out of our control may influence activities during the field trip.

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 Levels 6-8; Social Studies: Place and Environment Levels 2-5

More Curriculum

This field trip has support material for Achievement Standards from Earth and Space Science (ESS) within the Planet Earth and Beyond Strand such as Science 1.16: Investigate an astronomical or Earth science event; ESS 2.3: 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; Science 3.5: Describe geological processes affecting New Zealand. Geography AS91007 1.1 Demonstrate geographic understanding of environments that have been shaped by extreme natural event(s). AS91012 1.6 Describe aspects of a contemporary New Zealand geographic issue. AS91240 2.1 Demonstrate geographic understanding of a large natural environment. AS91245 2.6 Explain aspects of a contemporary New Zealand geographic issue. AS90701 3.1 Analyse natural processes in the context of a geographic environment. AS90706 3.6 Analyse a contemporary geographic issue and evaluate courses of action. Social Studies AO Level 4 Understand that events have causes and effects. This field trip has material suitable for use with a Social Studies "Disaster" topic.

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  • ESOL

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  • What's in a Field Trip

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  • How teachers use LEARNZ

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Shelley the LEARNZ Field Trip Teacher.

Meet Shelley, your LEARNZ Field Trip Teacher

Inquiry Topics: Bay of Plenty, disasters, earth cycles, earth processes, earthquakes, emergency management, eruptions, extreme natural events, geohazards, geology, hazards, hydrothermal activity, landforms, landscapes, landslides, lava, planning for earthquakes, planning for volcanic events, plate tectonics, rock types, scientific research, seismic monitoring, Tarawera, tectonic plates, tsunami, volcanoes, volcanology

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