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Ocean Floor

Join us on an expedition to Zealandia – the unseen continent beneath the waves.

New Zealand scientists began to seriously explore our ocean domain in the second half of the 20th century.

We have since discovered that only 7% of 'New Zealand' (Zealandia) is visible above sea level! Knowledge of our offshore territory provides valuable insight into the location of resources and hazards, and the processes that affect them.

Check out current research and marine exploration being done at GNS Science.

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Discover how marine scientists explore the undersea and the specialised tools they use in underwater exploration.

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