World Regions Pacific New Zealand
In terms of geology New Zealand is in an active part of the world. Use the
Internet to investigate the benefits and risks that accompany moderate level
volcanic and other geothermal activity. In particular, look at:
- Geothermal power generation. How does it work? What are the economic
and environmental benefits?
- Tourism in the Rotorua area and other parts of the North Island. What is
the attraction of these geothermal features? Describe them and briefly explain
how they form.
Present your findings as a report, making use of subheadings. Remember that
maps, photos and diagrams can be used to help demonstrate your understanding
of this topic. The web addresses below will provide some leads for your investigation:
Volcanoes in New Zealand
New Zealand earthquake reports
International Geothermal Association: geothermal energy (you'll find New Zealand well represented here, and you could compare Australia with New Zealand).
Zealandís geothermal features
Waimangu Volcanic Valley (commercial site)
Observations of volcanic activity on White Island.
White Island volcano. This is a commercial tourist operatorís site. It gives
an idea of what draws tourists to the area.