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GNS Science supports CRI taskforce report - 5/03/2010

The Chief Executive of GNS Science, Alex Malahoff, has welcomed the Government’s Crown Research Institute Taskforce Report saying its recommendations will serve GNS Science very well.

Positive signs for Reinga Basin - 5/03/2010

Seismic and satellite data show that the Reinga Basin, off the northwest coast of the North Island, is one of the most prospective frontier basins in the New Zealand region, a report by GNS Science says.

NZ and Japan combine in Wellington quake study - 22/02/2010

New Zealand and Japanese scientists are combining forces to investigate the boundary between the Pacific and Australian tectonic plates under Wellington to better understand its threat to New Zealand.

Handbook for fossil hunters launched - 17/02/2010

A new handbook on fossil hunting in New Zealand, released this week, gives enthusiasts a wealth of information on where to go and what to look for to find a treasure trove of fossils.

NZ scientists gather information for disaster preparedness - 09/02/2010

Geologists from GNS Science will spend the next six months collecting information on buildings and infrastructure in Pacific Island countries to measure vulnerability and risk from earthquakes and cyclones in the southwest Pacific.

NZ's deep-sea research boosted by new partnership - 02/02/2010

Two New Zealand research organisations will work closely with one of the world’s leading ocean research and engineering organisations to accelerate research and exploration in a wide range of oceanographic topics in the southwest Pacific region.

NZ joins mission to probe Antarctic marine geology - 28/01/2010

Forty scientists from eight countries set off from Wellington this week on the German ice-breaker Polarstern on a nine-week voyage to investigate past glacier behaviour, seafloor geology, and oceanography in the Ross Sea.

Perspectives on global change from beneath the ocean floor - 03/01/2010

Forty years of ocean drilling have laid the foundation for much of what we know about the dynamic history of our planet, its oceans and climate over the past 150 million years.

Getting the measure of the volcano - 23/12/2009

When it comes to tough environments, Mt Ruapehu's Crater Lake is harsher than most. Temperatures get down to minus 10 degrees Celsius in winter and the water in the Crater Lake is about pH1, or similar to battery acid.

Samoan tsunami up to 14m high in some places when it hit - 22/12/2009

The tsunami that killed 180 people in American Samoa, Tonga and Samoa after a magnitude 8.3 earthquake midway between Samoa and Tonga on 29 September 2009 towered up to 14m above the ground and 17m above sea level on parts of the island of Niuatoputapu in Tonga, scientists say.