Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Hamish Campbell a Very Clever Person

It was on the morning of the 5th of August that we had another one of those special video conferences.  This time our special video conference was with a famous paleontologist and Geologist who's name was Hamish Campbell.

We have had a video conference with him before but that conference was based on chatting about our topic from last term which was about dinosaurs.  This time our chat was about the Fiordland earthquake.  Hamish explained to us a few interesting facts about earthquakes and about the earthquake that happened in Fiordland.  Some of the facts that he shared with us were very hard to understand because we aren't experts on earthquakes (like Hamish), but luckily Hamish is a talented person who can take difficult words and make them sound easier to understand for children like us.  

Anyway back to the facts.  He told us that there are 2 different plates covering New Zealand called "the Australian plates" (which is on the left  side of the New Zealand) and the other set of plates called "the Pacific plates" (which is obviously  on the right side of new Zealand.) Another fact was that the Fiordland earthquake was named Dusky Sound and it measured up 7.6m on the Richter scale, it is said to be the largest earthquake in the world since the 2nd largest one 80 years ago.  He also said that there was once an earthquake that hit a village in China called Tangshan and lasted for 15 seconds, unfortunately it only lasted a vast amount of seconds but killed over 200,000 people.  It was a very sad tragedy.   

What is also very sad is that Hamish told us that Joan Wiffen died.  If you don't know who Joan Wiffien is well, she was the first person in New Zealand to find a fossilized part of a dinosaur. She is famous to the extension group because we did research on her when we were learning about dinosaurs.  She is also well known to the rest of New Zealand because before she found the fossilized part of the dinosaur, it was thought that no species of the dinosaur had ever stomped around on the land we now know as Aotearoa-New Zealand.  Thanks to her we now know that dinosaurs stomped around in our part of the land.

And thanks to Hamish Campbell, Diana-Grace and Te Papa museum for setting up another awesome video conference.  Not most kids get to talk to a famous Geologist and paleontologist!!


Mrs Tele'a said...

Another very good blog post Sela! You are so right about Hamish Campbell being able good at explaining complicated - scientific things to us. He certainly knows his stuff! It's amazing how much we all learned in our video conference. I enjoyed reading through your post - it flows nicely from paragraph to paragraph.
Well done Sela - I like how you explained who Joan Wiffen is too. Her findings in NZ are important for our nation, remember what Hamish told us? Until her findings people believed that dinosaurs never lived on the land we now call New Zealand.
Keep it going Sela.

Mrs Burt said...

Hi Sela, I love reading your posts because you present very full accounts with lots of interesting details. I am very pleased that you and the extension group are getting such a wide variety of interesting experiences this year. I wonder if Hamish will want to tell you all about the latest earthquakes in the Gisborne area. Did you know that the principals who you spoke with this week come from that area?
Keep sharing your ideas and opinions
Mrs Burt

Kezia said...

Hey Sela ,
I really liked the way you explained the facts about the Fiordland earthquake. Im sure it was very cool to do the video conference with Hamish Campbell and Diana-Grace.

Tanielu said...

Good work Sela! I lopved listening to Hamish too!
It's amazing how an Eath Quake can start aye!

Keep up the good work


Latu said...

Hi Sela, I loved reading your pst because you present very full accounts with lots of interesting details. I am very happy that you learn alot at at vary times.

Keep up the great effort Sela!