Up to around 200 million years ago, New Zealand and the other land masses of the southern hemisphere belonged to the super continent Gondwana.
It is not certain exactly when it occurred, but at least 85 million years ago in the Late Cretaceous period, present day New Zealand separated from the land mass which is now the Antarctic.
This was before present day Australia also separated from the super continent.
Since that time the flora and fauna in New Zealand has been able to develop uninfluenced by other land areas.
New Zealand, like all the countries that lie on the border to the Pacific Plate, belongs to the Pacific Ring of Fire.
This fact leads to earthquakes, faults, and increased volcanic activity.
Some of the most active volcanoes on earth are in New Zealand.
New Zealand is of course also the country where the Oscar-winning film Lord of the Rings was made.
Peter Jackson, the director, is New Zealander. The film got 17 Oscars!
New Zealand has served as a backdrop for other films too, for example “Vertical Limit” and “Last Samurai”.
Seen from space, this country appears to be out of the ordinary and imposing.
The areas of water are handled almost as lavishly as the land areas: near the coast, genuine image data has been used to show turbulence in sediment, shallows, wind fields, and currents.
The final result is a beautiful and balanced image.
An area of 1110 x 1480 km is reproduced in a picture measuring 60 x 80 cm.
That is a scale of 1: 1 850 000.
Poster format: 70 x 100 cm
on 170 g coated paper.