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Astrobiology Australasia Meeting

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Date: 25-29 June 2018

Location: Rotorua, NZ,

The next Astrobiology Australasia Meeting (AAM 2018) will be held 25-26 June, 2018 in Rotorua, New Zealand, organised by Haritina Mogosanu (New Zealand Astrobiology Network) and Professor Kathy Campbell (University of Auckland). Talks and posters on current topics in astrobiology will be followed by a three day field trip to the diverse and spectacular geothermal features of the central North Island’s Taupo Volcanic Zone (2Ma-present). The TVZ is one of the most active volcanic regions on the planet, complete with its own supervolcano and high geothermal heat flux. Hot springs of varied fluid compositions will be visited, including the world renowned, Au-bearing Champagne Pool and the colourful microbial mat-draped, fault-bounded sinter terraces of Orakei Korako, to mention only two. New Zealand is also famous amongst astronomy buffs for its South Island Dark Skies and wide open views of the Milky Way, and amongst marine scientists for its extreme environments offshore – hydrothermal vents, hydrocarbon seeps and gas hydrates. Visitors to New Zealand, both astrobiologists and non-astrobiologists, will also encounter a vibrant Māori culture, stunning natural landscapes, and multiple film shooting locations crammed into a country the size of California. Come enjoy some friendly Kiwi hospitality in a Southern Hemisphere gem of a place to visit. Be sure to bring warm clothing in case of rain during our cooler winter months as well as your togs (aka bathing suits) for hot pool soaks!

Web Site Address: http://astrobiology.nz/announcement-for-the-astrobiology-australasia-meeting-and-grand-tour-2018/

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