New Zealand Landscape: Behind the Scene tells the story of New Zealand through the subject of geomorphology, a branch of earth science at the interface of geology and geography. Geomorphology is informally described as the 'science of scenery', and as with every science, ideas evolve as the research frontier advances.
Users will find an early 21st century interpretation of the New Zealand landscape, an interpretation that rests on, and draws from, a rich foundation of ideas bequeathed by predecessors who have had the privilege of exploring, researching, and enjoying this corner of the Pacific.
1. Creation of Zealandia
2. Emergence of New Zealand
3. Volcanic landscapes
4. Wearing it down
5. Rivers and their landscapes
6. Karst, subterranean rivers and caves
7. Glaciations and climate change
9. Living in the landscape
Professor Paul Williams has had a long-standing research interest in geomorphology and hydrology and is a Fellow of the International Association of Geomorphologists. He is co-author of the seminal reference text Karst Hydrogeology and Geomorphology and a senior advisor to IUCN/UNESCO concerning natural World Heritage.