Horo Whenua: Measuring the moving land through precision geomorphic analysis of the Punahau/Lake Horowhenua lakebed and surrounding areas
Partnership with: Niwa, Muaupoko iwi and Lake Horowhenua Trust
The Massey team of Jon Procter and Kat Holt worked to collect lakebed cores totalling over 45m in length. The deepest cores from the lake preserve evidence for a major flood or marine inundation event, in the form of a thick sand layer, which may have played a role in the formation of the lake.
The project, funded by Vision Mātauranga, is now obtaining radiocarbon dates for the core and performing analyses to track nutrient levels and sedimentation rates throughout the lifetime of the lake.
Contact Jonathan Procter