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The Kermadecs – Profile

Imagine a landscape studded with an arc of active volcanoes the size of Mount Taranaki and Mount Ruapehu. Imagine millennia of geological evolution laid bare at the site of two crashing tectonic plates. Imagine thriving colonies of microscopic organisms adapted to life among their sulphurous outpourings in searing temperatures.  Could this be the origin of life on earth?

Imagine great forests built from the skeletons of billions of tiny animals that have survived unchanged for millions of years. Imagine giant predators that hunt an array of weird and wonderful prey among the rocks and across the vast open spaces. Imagine fish that fly. Imagine an extraordinary mix of life jostling and feeding in this place that they share.

Imagine that landscape entirely submerged 10,000 metres under the sea...

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