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New hidden continent mostly underwater, scientists say - 17/02/2017

New Zealand is not just a few small islands at the bottom of the world. It is actually part of a fairly large continent 94% of which is under the sea.

Scientists produce NZ’s first 34 million year land-based climate record based on fossil tree pollen - 01/02/2017

More than 2000 samples of fossilised tree pollen stored in Lower Hutt are helping scientists get a fuller picture of southern latitude climate over the past 34 million years covering a period when New Zealand was six to eight degrees Celsius warmer than today.

NZ and German scientists probe spectacular submarine volcanoes in the Kermadec Arc - 24/01/2017

Twenty-metre high chimneys belching out hot acidic mineral-rich fluids, forests of long-neck barnacles clinging to craggy rock formations, and beds of mussels lining vertical rock walls.

Continuing the 100-year tradition of Antarctic magnetic measurements - 18/01/2017

New Zealand scientists are in Antarctica this month collecting measurements of the Earth’s magnetic field that were first taken by Scott’s Terra Nova Expedition over 100 years ago.

GNS Science supports government initiative towards enhanced geological hazards monitoring - 22/12/2016

Today, there has been a joint announcement by the Minister of Science and Innovation Honourable Paul Goldsmith and the Minister of Civil Defence Honourable Gerry Brownlee that further funding has been provided for enhanced geohazards monitoring to GNS Science.

Australian and New Zealand students get up close with geological wonderland - 14/12/2016

Twenty top earth science students from New Zealand and Australian universities recently had a blast exploring the geology of Wairarapa over three days.

GNS Science Staff Excellence Awards - 23/11/2016

GNS Science celebrated excellence and high achievement across a range of fields this week with the presentation of its 2016 Staff Excellence Awards.

M7.8 Kaikoura quake the biggest since the Dusky Sound jolt in 2009 - 15/11/2016

Scientists continue to pore over seismic, satellite and GPS data to try and understand the complexities of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that occurred in North Canterbury on Monday morning. It is the biggest quake in New Zealand since the magnitude 7.8 Dusky Sound earthquake in 2009.

Rutherford Fellowship will investigate mega-thrust earthquakes - 11/11/2016

GNS Science seismologist Yoshihiro Kaneko has been awarded a prestigious Rutherford Discovery Fellowship to investigate the slip behavior on the tectonic plate boundary below the North Island’s east coast.

GNS Science pair help to build new map of the Ross Ice Shelf for climate modelling - 11/11/2016

Two marine geoscientists from GNS Science are spending up to six hours each day in a US Hercules aircraft flying above Antarctica as part of an international project to produce a map of the Ross Ice Shelf and the seafloor beneath it.