16.06.22 Public Talk: THE ANCIENT VOLCANOES THAT FORMED OAMARU & KAKANUI

The Waitaki Whitestone Geopark presents:


The ancient volcanoes that formed Oamaru & Kakanui


Volcanic rocks in North Otago were emplaced onto the Zealandia Oligocene continental shelf about 34 million years ago. Volcanism was dominated by short-lived clustered Surtseyan-like eruptions. The volcano at Kakanui also contains a geological rare but spectacular array of inclusions that tell us about the history of the lower crust and underlying mantle. James will explain how the volcanic field formed – and whether it will erupt again.


A presentation by James Scott:

James is an Associate Professor in Geology at the University of Otago. He grew up in Dunedin. His research interests include Earth’s mantle, mountain formation, mineralisation and meteorites.



6 - 7pm Thursday 16 June

Kakanui Hall

1 High Street, Kakanui


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