Hamish Campbell, Senior Scientist at GNS Science, will describe the nature of our Permian rocks and what they tell us about our tortured geological history at the edge of Gondwana.
The Permian Period lasted for 47 million years and came to a grinding halt 252 million years ago with a massive extinction event that extinguished almost 90% of all life on Earth.
The southern South Island, Otago in particular, has the lion’s share of New Zealand’s Permian rock formations. The Nelson region sports some of the same formations. And, curiously, the oldest rocks in the North Island are Permian. Find out why, and what it all means.
2pm, Sunday 10 September