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Title   Awesome Forces the Natural Hazards That Threaten NZ 

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Author   HICKS & CAMPBELL  ISBN   9780909010584  Add to shopping cart   
Publisher   Te Papa Press  Group   New Zealand View shopping cart
Binding   Paperback Category   NZ Natural H  Terms and conditions
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Synopsis This book is now in it's fifth reprint. New Zealand is a long, thin country, situated on the boundary between two of the Earthís gigantic crustal plates. The central ridge of mountain ranges, stretching from Fiordland to East Cape like a knobbly backbone, has been pushed up as one plate collides and grinds against the other. Combine this with a climate of heavy rain and you have a formula for collapse - landslide! The huge faults that run like railway tracks through the central part of the country are also created by the confrontation of the plates, as the Pacific Plate tries to squeeze under the Australian Plate. The result of this: about 17,000 earthquakes each year. The lofty volcanic cones of the central North Island are minor compared with mighty Taupo, one of the most explosive and active volcanoes in the world. Our position in the Southwest Pacific, surrounded by deep ocean, also makes us vulnerable to tsunami - and some rather vigorous weather! All New Zealanders will encounter at least one of these hazards in their lives, just by virtue of living here. Awesome Forces is a book everyone needs to read in order to understand the hazards that threaten this beautiful and unstable land. This is an informative and colourful book written by some of New Zealandís leading scientists.

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