Author(s): Ian J Graham (Editor-In-Chief)
This award-winning book explores the dynamic worlds of New Zealand and the submerged realm of Zealandia, their natural geological wonders, bounties and dangers. In acknowledging the achievements of New Zealand's geoscientists, from the founding of the country through to the present day, the book shows how geoscientific research can promise a safer and more comfortable existence for all. Written in a relatively non-technical but scientifically literate style, the book contains more than 700 stunning photographs and images that allow readers of all backgrounds to readily grasp the scientific concepts and issues relating to New Zealand's geological history and resulting landforms. On a different level, the book provides a fascinating insight into the changing landscape on and surrounding the islands of New Zealand through the eyes of geoscientists. Retaining the key ingredients of the first edition and updated throughout with respect to recent scientific advances, this Second Edition contains new articles and references to the devastating 2010-11 Canterbury earthquakes and recent volcanic eruptions. As well, there are new sections on the topical subjects of mine safety, fracking, deep-sea exploration and drilling, ocean warming, responding to climate change, designing safer foundations, megathrust earthquakes, frontier minerals, and slow landslides.
The Chief Editor, IAN J GRAHAM, is General Manager, Research, at GNS Science in Lower Hutt, New Zealand. An Earth scientist of more than 30 years standing, Dr Graham has been involved in wide-ranging research on subjects as diverse as volcanology, climate change, regional geology, geothermal energy, mineral resources, cosmology, and concrete manufacture. The chapter sub-editors are all recognised leaders in their respective scientific fields and offer a wealth of experience and knowledge of New Zealand geoscience. The authors of individual articles represent all the major universities and Earth science institutions in New Zealand, and were chosen for their understanding of the subject matter and their ability to communicate this knowledge to a wider audience.