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NZ and German research organisations look to the longterm - 15/02/2008

Earth scientists from Germany and New Zealand are looking to build a long term partnership that will bring economic and environmental benefits to New Zealand.

New geological map of central South Island - 23/01/2008

Eight years of work by a team of geologists has come to fruition with the publication of a new geological map of the Aoraki area in central South Island. The map, which shows the region’s geology in more detail than ever before, has been generated from a computer database using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology, which means it can be updated regularly as new information comes to hand.

Big finish to the earthquakes of 2007 - 09/01/2008

Whilst most of the large earthquakes of 2007 were distant from populated centres or too deep to cause harm, the big shake of December 20 was close enough to cause significant damage in Gisborne city.

Earthquake causes damage in Gisborne - 21/12/2007

A quake of magnitude 6.8 hit Gisborne at 8.55pm on December 20th.

Lower Hutt lab comes out top of the world - 17/12/2007

Our national sporting teams may have had a patchy year, but New Zealand scientists have done their bit to put the country on the international map. A water dating laboratory operated by GNS Science has come out top in an accuracy test in which 70 water dating laboratories around the world participated.

Methane-eating bug holds promise for cutting greenhouse gas - 22/11/2007

A methane-consuming microorganism that lives in geothermal areas in Rotorua has attracted international attention for its ability to live in extremely acidic conditions.

NZ scientists to lead submarine investigation in the Mediterranean - 26/10/2007

New Zealand and American scientists will join Italian colleagues next week for the first-ever systematic investigation of submarine hydrothermal activity in the Mediterranean Sea.

Young river landslide biggest in 16 years - 19/10/2007

Geologists have found that the Young River landslide in Mt Aspiring National Park is the biggest landslide in New Zealand since the top fell off Mount Cook in 1991.

Fossil exhibition to tour New Zealand museums - 09/10/2007

A major exhibition on New Zealand fossils – some dating back 500 million years – starts a three-year tour of New Zealand museums this week. Called NZ Fossils: Dead Precious! it showcases New Zealand fossils as indicators and predictors of climate change, evolution, natural disasters, and resources such as mineral deposits and oil and gas.

Southern ocean quake biggest shallow quake since 1930s - 02/10/2007

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake that occurred in the Southern Ocean on Sunday evening did not produce a significant tsunami, despite initial concerns that it might have.