And last but not least, we started the month with a hunt for a left over piece of the Dunganville meteorite near Greymouth on the West Coast with a group of geologists and geology students from the University of Otago. After hearing the episode Lynda Ferguson from Greymouth got in touch to share the story of how her father, Ron Ferguson, helped recover it from the stream. Below is a picture kindly shared by Lynda, of the meteorite on a footstool on her front lawn, with her father Ron in the cap on the left, and Ted Dowie, who first found the meteorite, on the right.
Alison Ballance introduces us to two Victoria University of Wellington researchers who are trying to better understand earthquakes.
Geologist Dr. Carolyn Boulton is a ‘fault finder’, interested in how faults slide during earthquakes. And geophysicist Professor Martha Savage eavesdrops on the earth to better understand why earthquakes do what they do.
Claire Concannon pays a visit to the University of Waikato’s macroalgae research facility in Tauranga.
Opened in November 2020, the multi-million dollar facility allows scientists to grow different seaweed and freshwater algae species at scale, and to explore their potential.
On a tour of the facilities Claire learns how the macroalgae are grown, and about some of the projects the programme is involved in - from methane reduction in grazing animals, to human health, to cleaning up wastewater.
Our Changing World tags along on a meteorite hunt in the old gold mining district of Dunganville on the South Island’s West Coast.
Claire Concannon joins Dr. James Scott and students from the geology department at the University of Otago as they follow in the footsteps of Mr. Ted Dowie who, in 1976, discovered the largest recorded meteorite in New Zealand to date.
Using clues from a report about Mr. Dowie’s find, and equipped with metal detectors, the team hope to discover a left-over piece of this iron meteorite.