Fossils

Darkeys Spur’s rock record of sea level change

Along with Waipatiki, another excellent Hawkes Bay locality for looking at rocks laid down over a cycle of sea level change is Darkeys Spur, about twenty minutes by car west of Lake Tutira. The road is very narrow and care should be exercised to park safely and watch out for vehicles. Fortunately the road is …

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Waipatiki Beach

Waipatiki Beach north of Napier is a great place for family holidays in the summer.  It is enclosed by cliffs at either end that happen to provide one of Hawkes Bay’s many classic geological sites. (for more geological and access information see also www.geotrips.org.nz/trip.html?id=24) A track leading south of the beach takes you to a good view of …

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Tyre Tubing the Mangahouanga Stream

On our second day in the Maungataniwha Forest, some of us explored the lower Mangahouanga Stream using the well established kiwi river transport method of tyre tubes. This allowed us to visit parts of the river that would otherwise be very difficult to reach. Initial access to the river was via bush bashing through pine …

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Reptile Fossils from an Unexplored Valley.

The first barrier to accessing Mangahouanga Stream Three years ago I visited Mangahouanga Stream in Hawkes Bay  along with a group of GNS Scientists. This is the area where Joan Wiffen, New Zealand’s famous “Dragon Lady” found the only known bones of dinosaurs from New Zealand, as well as various marine reptiles, prior to her …

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Castlepoint and the Kiwi Fossil Hunter’s Handbook

James Crampton and Marianna Terezow’s The Kiwi Fossil Hunter’s Handbook won the LIANZA Elsie Locke Award in the  non fiction category. With James away from town, Marianna attended the awards ceremony last night to accept the prize. Here you can see clearly that Marianna was one of the people behind the book! Armed with the fossil …

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Turning over an old leaf with the Fossil Hunter’s Handbook

If you are reading this blog, you presumably like the idea of getting outside and appreciating the landscape and its underlying geological features. James Crampton and Marianna Terezow are paleontologists here at GNS Science. They have just published a great book for fossil enthusiasts called the Kiwi Fossil Hunter’s Handbook. It is full of interesting …

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