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Radiocarbon specialists gather in Wellington - 28/08/2003

Experts from 40 countries will gather in Wellington this weekend for a five-day conference on radiocarbon as an investigative tool.

Fiordland quake triggers over 200 landslides - 27/08/2003

Last Friday's magnitude 7.1 earthquake in Fiordland triggered more than 200 landslides in Fiordland National Park, geologists said today.

Fiordland quake biggest for many years - 22/08/2003

Today's magnitude 7.1 earthquake in Fiordland ranks as one of the largest "on-land" earthquakes in New Zealand for many years, the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences Ltd (GNS) said.

Renewed government research funding for oil and gas exploration - 31/07/2003

The GNS Science Limited (GNS) has been awarded new funding for its petroleum research programme. The research funding is provided by the Foundation for Research, Science & Technology (FRST) and is valued at around $20 million, spread over six years. The programme leader is Dr Peter King.

NZ evidence suggests cooling helped kill the dinosaurs - 15/07/2002

New evidence from New Zealand suggests that colder weather forced dinosaurs into decline well before the Earth was hit by a meteorite that finished them off.

Scientists find oldest frest water in NZ - 02/07/2003

Scientists studying an aquifer in the Nelson-Motueka area have found what they believe is the oldest fresh water in New Zealand.

Comparisons stack up well for offshore Taranaki, Geoscientist says - 27/03/2003

Similarities between the Taranaki Basin and Australia's most productive oil and gas area increase the likelihood that deeper part of the Taranaki Basin is highly prospective, a leading geoscientist said this week.

Big quakes distant and deep - 2002 another lucky year - 16/01/2003

New Zealand got by last year without any damaging earthquakes mainly because the major jolts were distant or occurred deep underground. The three largest quakes were centred offshore, the GNS Science Limited (GNS) said.

Scientists record unprecedented movement of land near Gisborne - 19/12/2002

Scientists have recorded land near Gisborne moving about 20 mm to the east during an eight-day period in October.

Geology student wins prestigious scholarship - 17/12/2002

A geology student with a special interest in plate tectonics has won a prestigious earth science scholarship.