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The science of hot fluids in cracked rocks - 24/05/2017

Research by a specialist at GNS Science, who graduated with a PhD this week, has improved understanding of how underground hot fluids flow through fractured rocks, which will help in the development of geothermal energy. 

Double celebration for new PhD graduate 24/05/2017

It’s a double celebration for GNS Science emergency management specialist Sara McBride who was conferred with her doctorate at Massey University’s graduation ceremony in Wellington this week. After she packs her gown and mortarboard away, she will head to the United States to take up a prestigious two-year post-doctoral Mendenhall Research Fellowship.

Scientists discover geothermal activity inside the Alpine Fault in the South Island - 18/05/2017

A collaboration by scientists who drilled nearly 900 metres into the South Island’s Alpine Fault has revealed surprisingly high temperatures and the potential for large geothermal resources in the area.

Scientists prepare for school camp in Kaitaia in May - 26/04/2017

Scientists have been in town over the Easter-Anzac period finalising arrangements for a second hands-on science camp for intermediate-age students in Kaitaia in May.

Scientists return from seafloor discovery mission in the Kermadec region - 23/04/2017

New Zealand, German, American, Australian and Japanese scientists have returned from a six-week voyage probing the Kermadec Arc where they discovered several new submarine volcanoes.

Kaikoura quake produced strongest ground shaking in NZ, new research shows - 10/04/2017

Last November's magnitude 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake produced the strongest ground shaking ever recorded for an earthquake in New Zealand, according to new research out this week.

GNS Science to co-host geothermal workshop in Taiwan 10/04/2017

Crown Research Institute GNS Science is taking its geothermal expertise to Taiwan in May where it will jointly host a three-day workshop on the challenges of developing geothermal energy.

Lead fumes in urban air may still present an exposure risk - 29/03/2017

Air monitoring work by GNS Science has found that atmospheric concentrations of lead peak during winter in New Zealand urban centres.

Kaikoura quake may prompt rethink of earthquake hazard models internationally

Last November's magnitude 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake was so complex and unusual that it is likely to lead to changes in the way scientists think about earthquake hazards in plate boundary zones worldwide, a new study says.

Earthquakes shaking up New Zealand’s water systems - 16/03/2017

Recently published research from GNS Science and Victoria University of Wellington has provided a unique insight into the hydrological effects of earthquakes in New Zealand.