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Big quakes of 2001 too deep or too distant to cause damage - 09/01/2002

New Zealand was hit by at least six potentially damaging earthquakes in 2001, but they were either too distant from population centres or too deep to cause harm, the GNS Science Limited (GNS) said today.

Prof Alex Malahoff to head GNS - 12/12/2001

Professor Alex Malahoff has been appointed Chief Executive of the Institute of Geologicaland Nuclear Sciences Limited (GNS). He is scheduled to take up the job on 1 July 2002.

West Coast coal and pollen shed light on global catastrophe - 23/11/2001

A New Zealand-led group of scientists has found the first evidence for global destruction of forests when a large asteroid hit the Earth 65 million years ago, killing off the dinosaurs.

New map of East Cape a mine of information - 01/11/2001

A new geological map of the East Coast, compiled by geologists Colin Mazengarb and Ian Speden, shows the region in more detail than ever before.

NZ scientists link wobbles in Earth's orbit to ice sheet changes - 18/10/2001

A New Zealand-led group of scientists has shown for the first time that long-term wobbles in the Earth's orbit have caused the East Antarctic ice sheet to expand and contract many times in the past.

Specialists gather to share knowledge on quake-preparedness - 12/10/2001

International specialists will gather in Wellington next week for a workshop on the measures that can be taken to reduce New Zealand's vulnerability to earthquakes.

Tuesday's quake biggest in six years - 22/08/2001

Tuesday's magnitude 7.0 earthquake 420km northeast of Gisborne was New Zealand's biggest jolt since a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck in a similar location on 6 February 1995.

NZ scientists visit quake-hit Peru - 31/07/2001

Three New Zealand scientists are visiting Peru this week to investigate the after effects of the magnitude 8.4 earthquake that struck southern Peru on June 23.

Scientists slice rare deep-sea mineralised chimney in half - 03/04/2001

Scientists in Wellington have sliced a rare deep-sea volcanic growth in half in a bid to find out more about submarine hydrothermal systems and their associated mineral deposits.

Major marine seismic survey gets underway - 17/04/2001

The Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences Limited (GNS) has joined forces with TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company, a leading provider of seismic data to the international oil exploration industry, to conduct a large seismic survey in deep water off the North Island’s west coast.