Our Year 12 Geography and Geography Extension students recently visited the Tongariro Volcanic Centre as part of their geographic research internal assessment. Students were investigating the relationship between plant species and altitude by collecting vegetation and climate data at various locations within the volcanic centre.
As part of this investigation, they hiked the Tongariro Crossing—a 19.4 km walk across rocky terrain, up steep inclines, and alongside breathtaking views. They experienced the full scale of weather, with sun, winds, and a torrential downpour during their hike. A lot of work is being carried out in class at present to analyse the data they have collected and write a report to determine whether there was a relationship or not between vegetation and altitude.