New Zealand Student Tours

Erosion Processes

Erosion plays a major part in the constant movements of the world's land. Land erodes and deposits particularly fast in New Zealand due to the combination of on land fast moving intercontinental junctions, and vast quantities of wind, rain and snow.

KANES guides explain the processes, causes and results of the many types of erosion.

Tectonic shattering

Moeraki Boulders

Frost heave lifts the soil

Active eroding Limestone Caves

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Wind erosion


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Coastal wave erosion

Erosion affects settlements, industry and ecology.  It involves rain, rivers, wind, snow, temperatures chemical reactions, oceans, and vegetation.  Interested groups see most of these types learning how they affects us all. 

This knowledge helps is improve our lives and to ensure a safer environment.

New Zealand is on the junction of the two colliding plates causing volcanoes and uplifting twisting shattering mountains. These shattering mountains are quickly eroding with the high volumes of water, wind and ice.

KANES experienced staff take us to the best places to view these tectonic events and to help us understand the causes and effects of these processes.

We visit volcanoes where soft ashes are being quickly removed by wind and water.

Limestone Erosion
e look at the special ways this material erodes through chemical processes rather than the usual mechanical  its development processors and visit many different features including wind eroding tors, caves, cave formations and sinkholes.  On the "worlds best tourist tourists highway" in the South Island we explore  fascinating coastal shapes and features . Guided tours into caves with erosion formations are available in both Islands.

River Erosion
We can explore the erosion processes through many different rivers of all types and locations.

Coastal Erosion
New Zealand's coasts full of geographical features because of the large variety of material types swept with currents, violent storms, shattering tectonic movements and sliced by multitudes of purging rivers . KANES arrange for audio visuals and guidance at especially planned sites for study groups where we learn about the causes and processes of erosion. See also Coasts

Glacier Erosion
During the ice ages huge glaciers filled all the hollows of today's lakes and valleys. These monsters beautifully sculptured the land moving billions of tonnes of material.  Interested guests learn to understand how these were formed and carved the land into the fascinating shapes we enjoy today. Glaciation is fastest main erosion process we know of.  See also Glaciers *

Lakes formed by erosion
Because New Zealand is new there are many lakes. Studies look of the various ways erosion processes formed them and their long tern destination. See also Lakes *

Frost Shatter and Frost Heave
This process simply smashes rocks and the soils allowing the wind and rain to shape and transport them.  We find this occurring during the New Zealand winter months.  See Aalso Erosion in the Alpine Trails Zone

Washed by waves

Alpine shattering

Alpine Fan

Water falls

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