Volcanoes in New Zealand

Episode 1: Auckland is the financial centre in New Zealand but under the megacity there are about 50 sleeping volcanoes. They will […]


Volcanoes in New Zealand

Episode 1:

Auckland is the financial centre in New Zealand but under the megacity there are about 50 sleeping volcanoes. They will break out one day, that’s for sure. Lava caves meander beneath the earth’s surface, including Stewart’s Cave. Geologists are looking for bumps to predict possible eruptions. On the cave walls, they discover a colony of luminous bacteria that feed on the nutrient-rich volcanic rock.

Volcanoes are destructive and yet they create new life. On the volcanic island of Little Barrier Island, the Tuatara, a descendant from the time of the dinosaurs, finds a native forest without natural predators such as rodents and mammals. Here lives the only flightless parrot in the world, the Kakapo – highly intelligent and big personalities – moody, playful, stubborn, almost like a human being.

Volcanoes have shaped New Zealand. In the south, the southern Alps nearly touch the clouds. Until today, earthquakes push the rocks upwards. At the foot of the Alps is Fiordland, the largest national park in the country, with the Mount Titiroa as a landmark. It is a granite mountain that researchers have dated for the first time. It could be almost as old as the earth itself …

 

Episode 2:

Three of the largest volcanoes in New Zealand are located in the Tongariro National Park on the North Island. When they erupt they blow lava bombs the size of cars in the air and color the landscape with red lava. The highest among them is the Ruapehu, it breaks out about every 50 years. Geologists watch the volcano like a ticking time bomb, no human force can stop it, no science can predict it.

The film takes viewers to the most active volcanoes in New Zealand – from underwater volcanoes to the Taupo Volcanic Zone, a geothermal region with hot springs where the Tarawera erupted at the turn of the 19th century and buried the Pink and White Terraces below. The terraces were considered the eighth wonder of the world. A geological team is looking for remains and discover a sensation…

The Waimangu Valley has spread around the Tarawera, the world’s youngest thermal area with boiling hot water and toxic chemicals. Here biologists have discovered microorganisms, they feed on the gases that accelerate climate change – they could provide answers to the most pressing questions of the future …

Directors:
Mark Strickson
Alex Clark
Tuan Lam

Directors of Photography:
Scott Mouat
Jacob Bryant

Editing:
Oliver Szyza
Florian Conrad

Producer:
Kerstin Meyer-Beetz

Junior Producer:
Julia Krampe

Line Producer:
Kathrin Isberner

Co-Producer:
James Heyward

Produced by:
Christian Beetz

Commissioning Editor:
Marita Hübinger

Koproduktion

ZDF mm-logo

Kooperation

Arte

Förderer

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  • Volcanoes in New Zealand

    ARTE
    12 February 2020 at 5:50 pm