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Antarctic expedition to uncover impacts of global warming - 06/01/2018

One of the world’s top scientific research ships which has just finished investigating the Hikurangi subduction zone east of Gisborne will head for Antarctica this weekend to find out how warming oceans will affect the ice sheets, changes to sea level, and global weather systems.

Science update - 18/12/2017 New book showcases latest mapping of New Zealand’s geology

A new book has just been published that updates the geology of New Zealand and our offshore islands mapped at a scale of one to one million. It updates and replaces earlier publications at the same scale. 

Antarctic microbes can live on thin air, study shows - 07/12/2017

An investigation involving New Zealand and Australian scientists has discovered that microbes in Antarctica have a previously unknown ability to scavenge hydrogen, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide from the air to stay alive in the extreme conditions.

Scientists and Navy join forces to map the floor of Lake Rotorua - 01/12/2017

The Royal New Zealand Navy’s Military Hydrographic Group, in collaboration with GNS Science and the Te Arawa Lakes Trust, has gathered high resolution multibeam sonar data to build a new map of the floor of Lake Rotorua.  The surveys spanned 15 weeks over two years and included 29 Navy personnel.

Geologist honoured by national science body - 16/11/2017

A geologist who led a project that unveiled a new and largely underwater continent called Zealandia has been made a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand Te Apārangi.

Priceless pounamu collection gifted to GNS Science 8/11/2017

More than 1500 pounamu (greenstone) and Jade specimens have been gifted to New Zealand by New Zealand Pounamu and Jade expert Russell Beck. About half of the specimens are from New Zealand and the rest are from other countries where nephrite jade is found.

New data released to aid exploration in southeast New Zealand

GNS Science has produced the latest instalment in a series of new map-based geological data products that help pinpoint areas most prospective for petroleum exploration in New Zealand’s offshore territory.

Multinational probe of Hikurangi subduction zone gets underway - 16/10/2017

Scientists are preparing for New Zealand’s largest ever deployment of seafloor earthquake recording instruments in a bid to learn more about the earthquake behaviour of the tectonic plates beneath the east coast of the North Island.

Major accolades for two GNS Science staff at Royal Society’s awards function - 10/10/2017

Two GNS Science staff have been honoured in the Royal Society’s Annual Awards announced in Auckland last night. Ian Hamling received the Hamilton Award for Early Career Research Excellence and Roger Cooper won the Hutton Medal which is awarded annually for outstanding research in Earth, plant or animal sciences.

Sub-surface data in Taranaki provides new insights into the break-up of Gondwana supercontinent - 28/09/2017

A recently completed study of the geological history of New Zealand’s offshore northwestern region has revealed new insights into the break-up of the Gondwana supercontinent during the time of the dinosaurs.