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Intensive study of NZ seafloor to start this week - 10/01/2007

A German research ship with a multi-national crew of scientists sets off from Wellington this week for a three-month study of New Zealand’s ocean floor.A focus of the project is to learn more about gas hydrates - deposits of frozen methane beneath the sea floor off the North Island’s east coast between Cook Strait and East Cape.

Andrill project sets Antarctic drilling record - 20/12/2006

A New Zealand-led team of international scientists has reached a milestone in Antarctica by drilling to a record depth of 1050m into the seabed below the Ross Ice Shelf.

Project to focus on Quakes in the Wellington region - 11/12/2006

A major research project is underway to improve the understanding of the vulnerability of the Wellington region to large earthquakes.

Scientists install lahar measuring equipment on Ruapehu - 03/11/2006

Researchers from GNS Science and Massey University’s Volcanic Risk Solutions installed a set of lahar-measuring equipment on Mount Ruapehu this week.

NZ scientists lead big climate probe in Antarctica - 06/10/2006

Kiwi ingenuity will be at the forefront when a large multi-national drilling project to investigate Antarctica’s past climate gets underway this month.

Preparing New Zealand for natural disasters - 07/08/2006

A new research centre established by Massey University and Crown Research Institute, GNS Science, aims to prepare New Zealand better for natural disasters.

NZ engineers study tsunami damage in Java - 31/07/2006

A group of New Zealand engineers and scientists has gone to Indonesia to study the impact of the recent tsunami in Java on buildings and other structures.

Road show to display 80 million years of life in NZ - 25/07/2006

A major national exhibition on fossils is set to tour New Zealand from late 2007. Designed for audiences of all ages, it will tell a unique New Zealand story and will tour through museums and science centres for two years.

NZ geological expertise offered to quake hit Indonesia - 20/07/2006

A New Zealand engineering geologist leaves for Indonesia this weekend to see how New Zealand expertise can be used in recovery projects following the Yogyakarta earthquake in May.

Young documentary-makers vie for Antarctic trip - 12/06/2006

Three students from Timaru Boys' High School travelled to the Chatham Islands this week on a 10-day adventure to make a short video documentary that could win them a trip to Antarctica.