Motu roa, at Mercury Bay, North
Island (New Zealand)
der Österreichischen Fregatte Novara um die Erde in den Jahren
Unter den Befehlen des Commodore B. von Wüllerstorf-Urbair
Vienna: Gerold, 1861-75.
The gifted geologist for
the expedition, Ferdinand Hochstetter, found New Zealand so interesting
that he acquired permission to remain there as the Novara headed
for Tahiti. He drew the first true geological maps of the islands,
and made extensive and detailed observations of their topography,
stratigraphy, and mineralogy. Though he stayed only nine months,
his work (with that of the German Julius Haast, who lived there)
provided a sound basis for all future geological work in New Zealand.
Near this bay, at
a place named Opito, the geologist Ferdinand Hochstetter found
rich deposits of the bones of the great, extinct moa bird. An
English visitor in 1839 had found an example on the islands
and took the bone back to London, where the great paleontologist
Richard Owen identified it. During this voyage some twenty years
later, Hochstetter located several such deposits on the islands.
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