Earth and Space Science 2.3: Investigate geological processes in a New Zealand Locality


1 Investigate (achieved) requires the student to:
  • identify the types of rock(s) found in the locality
  • describe the plate tectonic and rock cycle processes that have formed the types of rocks in the locality
  • describe the erosional processes that have shaped the current landforms in the locality.
Investigate in depth (achieved with merit)is further developed by:
  • explaining the plate tectonic and rock cycle processes that have formed the types of rocks in the locality
  • explaining the erosional processes that have shaped the current landforms in the locality.
Investigate comprehensively (achieved with excellence) is further developed by:
  • discussing the link between the plate tectonic processes and the rock cycle processes that have formed the types of rocks in the locality
  • discussing the link between the erosional processes with the shape of the current landforms in the locality.
2 A New Zealand locality is considered to be anywhere within the Zealandia continent.

3 Geological processes will include:
  • plate tectonics and the rock cycle
  • erosion.

Resources:
Other PK wikis:
The Rock Cycle
Geological time
Plate Tectonics
Geological History of New Zealand
Level 3 Geological Processes info - has info about NZ present tectonic situation, types of volcano with examples, earthquakes
Excellence exemplar - based on the Whangarei area.

For all of these, the bibliographic reference is
Keestra, P.R (2010) then the URL

Outside resources:
Geology of Auckland Area scan from a book in our Library
Geology of the Hauraki Gulf Islands - resource from Auckland Council
The Geology of Auckland - PDF from GNS; aimed at at a fairly geologically literate readership i.e. geologists, geotechnical engineers and other scientists
Geocene - newsletter of the Auckland Geology Club; diagram on page 5 could be useful
http://www.goodearthgraphics.com/virtual_tube/virtube.html
NZ Plate boundary explanation
Animation of plate tectonics in NZ for the last 60 million years


Beneath New Zealand - documentary from NZ On Air
Recent research on Rangitoto, showing that it appears to be older and to have erupted over a considerably longer period than hitherto thought.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-po9ju2mTZHamNUd2Nxb3A2VGc/edit?usp=sharing