Is New Zealand moving towards or away from Australia?

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Is New Zealand moving towards or away from Australia?  [???]


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« Reply #1 on: 13/03/2009 05:17:50 »
Depends on which island.  The north island is moving eastward relative to the south island.  The Pacific plate is being subducted beneath the Australian plate along the north island- this is reversed for the south island.  Then there's the Alpine Fault...
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« Reply #2 on: 13/03/2009 05:23:27 »
So the North Island is moving towards Australia?
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« Reply #3 on: 13/03/2009 19:55:37 »
Do not know whether to agree or not.

Here is what the NZ Geologic Survey says the relative plate movement is:



The red arrows show relative movement and the amount of movement in millimeters per year. The islands are galloping along - FAST !!

According to this, the north island is moving to the east away from OZ.
« Last Edit: 13/03/2009 22:04:27 by JimBob »
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« Reply #4 on: 14/03/2009 01:36:12 »
Why are the arrows pointing towards the west?

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« Reply #5 on: 14/03/2009 03:22:05 »
The red arrows are, at their base, attached to the plate for which they are indicating movement. As indicated below, the trenches are in front of the moving plate. They indicate the movement of the Pacific Plate near the North Island, towards Antarctica on South Island. I forgot to label the trench but I am so lazy I am not going to go back and do it. So THERE!




The movement can be seen better on the map below. The colors in between OZ and NZ are the rifting that has occurred.


« Last Edit: 14/03/2009 03:25:23 by JimBob »
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« Reply #6 on: 14/03/2009 10:22:19 »
So is the South Island going anywhere?

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« Reply #7 on: 14/03/2009 12:38:12 »
Yep, it is doing the same thing the Pacific Plate is doing. It is moving in the direction the red arrows are pointing.

(That is because it is ON the Pacific Plate.)
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« Reply #8 on: 21/03/2009 22:05:33 »
That won't please the Ozzies. They're hot on illegal immigration.
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« Reply #9 on: 22/03/2009 02:41:03 »
What won't please the Aussies?

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« Reply #10 on: 22/03/2009 03:08:11 »
All those kiwis heading towards them.
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« Reply #11 on: 22/03/2009 03:10:00 »
According to this, the north island is moving to the east away from OZ.

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« Reply #12 on: 22/03/2009 03:25:16 »
According to this, the north island is moving to the east away from OZ.

But The SOUTH ISLAND IS moving towards OZ
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« Reply #13 on: 22/03/2009 03:27:01 »
Does that make me half right and half wrong? [:)]
Or half right and half left?

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« Reply #14 on: 22/03/2009 03:30:19 »
Looks like only half of the South Island is moving towards Australia.
Is that right?

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« Reply #15 on: 22/03/2009 13:23:37 »
Send Otago to them. Let them have some cold weather.
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