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Rare seafloor chimney cut up for science - 7/07/2010

Scientists have sliced up a rare 2.5m-tall seafloor chimney to find out its age and the concentrations of the metallic minerals it contains. It is thought to be one of the largest chimneys recovered from the seafloor.

Overseas work brings multiple benefits to New Zealand - 8/06/2010

Overseas consultancy work is the fastest growing part of Crown-owned research and consultancy company GNS Science.

GNS Science starts major petroleum geoscience project - 31/05/2010

GNS Science has started a major two-year work programme that will substantially increase the quality and quantity of geoscience information available to the oil and gas exploration industry in New Zealand.

New geological map of Fiordland a decade in the making - 27/05/2010

Seven summers of fieldwork in remote parts of Fiordland by a group of geologists culminated this week with the publishing of a new geological map covering this World Heritage area.

Awesome Forces exhibition gets upgrade - 25/05/2010

Te Papa’s most popular long-term exhibition, Awesome Forces, has been significantly updated over the past six months to reflect the latest scientific findings and enhance the storytelling of the incredible geological forces that have shaped, and continue to shape New Zealand.

New $3M accelerator a vital asset to NZ science - 19/05/2010

A new $3.4 million accelerator mass spectrometer, opened today at GNS Science by Research Science and Technology Minister Dr Wayne Mapp, represents a major step forward in helping New Zealand understand climate change and its possible impacts.

Faultless Northland shown in new geological map - 11/05/2010

A new geological map covering central Northland shows the region has no known active faults.

Scientists gather for gas hydrate conference - 10/05/2010

Scientists from around the world are in Wellington this week for a three-day conference on a little-known potential form of energy that occurs naturally under the seabed.

Mass aircraft grounding possible in NZ too, scientists say - 19/04/2010

The chaos caused by the volcanic eruption in Iceland may seem a long way from New Zealand, but a similar mass-grounding of aircraft could potentially occur here, volcanologists say.

Leaders of global geological mapping project meet in New Zealand - 13/04/2010

A group of scientists leading the development of the world’s largest geological mapping project – OneGeology – meet in New Zealand this week to plan the next steps in the project.