Thursday, October 15, 2009

ninety mile beach & mount maunganui

samantha eulo

Ninety Mile Beach
Ninety Mile Beach is on the west coast of the Aupouri Peninsula in New Zealand
stretching from Ahipara to Scott Plain. The sand on Ninety Mile Beach is made
up of quartz with little silt and clay. Because of south-westerly swells during
storms, there is an overall deposition of sand instead of erosion which forms
dunes that sit off the coast. Along the beach there is also a low rocky area
called the Bluff. A past time of the people that live near Ninety Mile Beach is
off-roading. Because the beach is flat and the sand is packed people drive their
cars around for fun.
Species diversity is low compared to other areas of New Zealand but there
are many crustaceans and mollusks. Tautua, a shellfish, has been exploited
over the years and the harvesting of it is illegal. This shellfish along with
toheroa are found in the low inter-tidal zone. Ninety Mile Beach is popular
among birds and lizards and is also a winter grounds for fur seals.
This video shows the flat beach and the dunes.:
The Bluff:


Mount Maunganui
Mount Maunganui is a town in The Bay Of plenty, New Zealand. It is also the
name of a large dome created by upwelling that was filled with rhyolite lava a
few million years ago, now known as Mauao, it's official Maori name. Mauao is
very important and sacred to the Maori people and is featured extensively in
their mythology.
The highest point on Mauao is 232 meters adove sea level. You can climb this
dormant volcano, though difficult it is very rewarding because the view is
fantastic. There are also geothermal springs at the bottom of the mountain that
creates a multitude of hot pools.

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