Most conservation efforts in New Zealand have focused on animals and plants. Concerned at the lack of protection of unique landforms and geological features, the Geological Society of New Zealand initiated the Geopreservation Inventory, which lists almost 4,000 important sites. It outlines their scientific, educational and scenic importance as well as their vulnerability to damage or destruction. Scientist and conservationist Bruce Hayward produced this guidebook in 1996 to make New Zealanders more aware of the varied earth science heritage around them.
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Reference: Bruce W. Hayward, Precious land: protecting New Zealand’s landforms and geological features. Lower Hutt: Geological Society of New Zealand, 1996
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