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Part Of The Southern Alps

Part Of The Southern Alps
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-29
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Canon EF 17-35mm F/2.8 L USM, Digital RAW 200, Hoya UV 77mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-01 3:46
Viewed: 4236
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Southern Alps are the longest and highest mountain range of New Zealand. They extend 550 km (340 miles) in a somewhat north-east to south-west orientation across the greatest length of the South Island, from the Blenheim area in the North to the Hollyford Valley (Key Summit) in the south. They include all New Zealand summits of over 3000 metres (9842'), all of which bar one (Mt Aspiring) are located in the Mt Cook area.

The Southern Alps are a very young range, still actively being uplifted. This, combined with high precipitation on its western side and high erosion rates, results in very dynamic landscapes. High precipitation also causes the range to carry more glaciers at lower altitude than mountains of comparable altitude in other temperate regions of the world.

New Zealand lies over a zone of contact between the Pacific and Australian tectonic plates. In the South Island the contact runs overland and forms the Alpine Fault. Since the Fault was activated 25 million years ago the plates have mostly been sliding past each other, with a total displacement of 480 km (300 miles). But in the last 7 million years and to this day the Pacific Plate has also been overriding the Australian Plate along this line of contact, the subsequent compression giving rise to the Southern Alps. Located in the transition zone between plain and mountain, the Alpine Fault forms a very sharp western boundary to the Southern Alps. In Westland the highest summits and main divide are within 15-25 km (9-15 miles) of the Alpine Fault.

The rate of uplift is high, exceeding 10 mm/year (0.4 in.) close to the Alpine Fault. Total uplift of Pacific Plate rocks over the whole period is estimated to be in excess of 20 km (12 miles), but because of very high erosion rates the range probably never exceeded its present altitude.


Camera: Canon 10D
Time of day: 11:38 a.m.
Date: 29th May 2007
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 17-35mm F/2.8 L USM
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/1000
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 35mm
Support: Manfrotto Tripod: 055CL Legs & 804RC2 Head
ISO: 200
Original file type: Digital Raw

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Hello Pam this is a lovely view well composed nice long format tfs rgds Necip

Hi Pam,
there are many similarities to the landscapes here in Bavaria where I live.
The same view to the snowy high mountains and the fresh green grass and forest in front of them. And we also call them Alps. Thanks and many greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

hello pam,
what a beautiful landscape captured with prefection, nice composition, lovely colour tones,
tfs & regards

Hi Pam,
Another great landscape, they are beautiful mountains and a nice farmland foreground.


Hello Pam,
What a panorama view of the Alps, I will capture just the same as you and wish I will be in the South Island one day to see the beauty of it!
Great pov with clarity, real colour and details all round!
thanks for sharing with us and to the world

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-01 12:56]

Hello Pam,
Fine view of the Southern Alps, forming a backdrop of this shot of NZ grazing land backed by trees. The layer effect is very pleasing and gives depth to this landscape shot.
TFS and best wishes,

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