Haast’s Eagle

Cataclysm: Very Ancient & Not

BY FRANK JOSEPH

The official “discovery” of America in 1492 was preceded just one year earlier by another calamitous event that took place on the other side of the world. Unlike the historic voyage undertaken by Christopher Columbus, however, a momentous occurrence in the South Pacific would go unrecognized for more than five centuries. In 2003 scientists identified the location of a peculiar feature on the seafloor at the southern edge of New Zealand’s continental shelf. Just south of the Snares Islands, 75 miles southwest of Stewart Island,…

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