Category Archives: Outdoors with nature

Fire and Devastation on the Christchurch Port Hills

Between 13 and 16 February 2017,  the Christchurch Port Hills suffered devastating fires unlike anything ever seen there before.  As I write this on 21 February, the mopping up operations continue. The fire is now apparently well under control, but … Continue reading

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Understanding the Christchurch Earthquake of 22 Feb 2011: magnitude, location and impact

Last September, those of us who live in Christchurch experienced a 7.1 earthquake. Since then, we have referred to that as ‘the big one’, confident that we would never again experience anything similar.   In that September quake, there were no lives … Continue reading

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Canterbury Earthquake: Aftershock Locations

The map below was sent to me by my colleague Lawrence Hill from the Agricultural Management and Property Department at Lincoln University.  The map was constructed by Lawrence on 7 September 2010.  The axes are latitude and longitude.   The map … Continue reading

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Nature at Work: Liquefaction, Boils, Carbuncles, Aquifers and Silt Volcanoes

In previous posts at https://keithwoodford.wordpress.com about the Canterbury earthquake, I have been trying to compare what we have been seeing on the flats at the western base of Banks Peninsula, where the ancient volcanic peninsula  butts up against the shingle plains, with what … Continue reading

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Canterbury Earthquake: Rockfalls on Banks Peninsula

Our home is on the lower slopes of the Port Hills, which form the northeastern side of Banks Peninsula. The shock waves from the September 4 earthquake travelled about 30km across the sedimentary shingles of the Canterbury Plains before striking … Continue reading

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Nature at Work: More on Silt Volcanoes

Today (Tuesday 7 September) I have been trying to increase my understanding of where the silt volcanoes have been forming, and perhaps some reasons why.  My first insight for the day came when I realised that the surface water in the … Continue reading

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Nature at Work : Demise of the Lincoln Hotel

This post is mainly for those thousands of former Lincoln University students over many decades for whom the Lincoln Hotel was their regular watering hole. Alas, the hotel appears to have come to a sad end as a consequence of … Continue reading

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