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CLIP 14088

When continents collide

When continents collide

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Key Info
  • When continents collide
  • Duration: 03:00
  • An interesting account of how New Zealand was formed millions of years ago largely due to the movement of tectonic plates and the joining together of pre-existing islands. This movement created the impressive mountain ranges still evident in New Zealand today. This also considers how the devastating 2005 earthquake in Pakistan actually caused mountains in the Himilayas to increase in height by over 5 metres. Proving even today that our mountains are constantly changing thanks to movement by tectonic plates.
  • Subject:



    Natural Hazards: Tectonic Activity

  • Keywords: Tectonic, activity, plates, earthquakes, mountains, formation, Himalayas, New Zealand, collision, Iain Stewart, earth, islands, Pakistan
Ideas for use in class
  • Useful for investigating mountains and reasons why they are formed.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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