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Pro­fes­sor Tim Stern, whose talk in Whanganui last year was packed out, is com­ing back to talk about the hid­den forces shap­ing the land­scape.

Stern will ad­dress the Whanganui Sci­ence Fo­rum about where and when the next Kaik­oura-level earth­quake will oc­cur in New Zealand — and whether earth­quakes are some­thing we should worry about in Whanganui.

They hap­pen in an east-west line be­tween Mt Taranaki and Mt Ruapehu, and Stern will ex­plain how they are con­nected to the two vol­ca­noes.

In re­cent years he has also been in­ves­ti­gat­ing Antarc­tic ice melt­ing and sea-level rise.

He has an ex­pla­na­tion for why sea-level rise on the west coast of the North Is­land is less than half of that on the east coast.

Stern, who lec­tures at Vic­to­ria Univer­sity of Welling­ton, has been a fel­low of the Royal So­ci­ety since 2007, and was in the United States on a Ful­bright Schol­ar­ship ear­lier this year.

Stern is es­pe­cially in­ter­ested in the forces that have built the moun­tains of New Zealand’s cen­tral North and South is­lands, as well as built the Transantarc­tic Moun­tains.

Stern last spoke in Whanganui in Fe­bru­ary 2017. The tem­po­rary venue was too small for the crowd.

But fo­rum co-con­venor Ella Grant said those who did squeeze in en­joyed his talk de­spite the heat and crush.

■ Stern’s Whanganui Sci­ence Fo­rum talk is on Oc­to­ber 30, at 7.30pm in the Whanganui Re­gional Mu­seum’s Davis Lec­ture Theatre. It will cost $4 for fo­rum mem­bers, and $5 for oth­ers.

Pro­fes­sor Tim Stern of Vic­to­ria Univer­sity’s ge­ol­ogy depart­ment.

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