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Deep-sea observatories will offer a new vision into earthquakes - 09/03/2018

An ambitious mission to lower two sub-seafloor observatories into the Hikurangi subduction zone east of the North Island to study New Zealand’s largest fault starts this weekend.

Science careers showcased at open day for students - 02/03/2018

One hundred and twenty students and teachers from high schools in the Hutt Valley got a first-hand look at science careers today at the annual student science day at GNS Science’s National Isotope Centre at Gracefield.

Major study on geothermal potential to get underway in May - 23/02/2018

A research project aiming to define opportunities for developing geothermal heat supply at likely prospects along the length of the West Coast will get underway in May.

NZDF and GNS Science to map seafloor volcanic structures - 19/02/2017

The New Zealand Defence Force and GNS Science are joining forces to map the seafloor off the Bay of Plenty coast to better define volcanic structures on and under the seafloor.

Would an earthquake early warning system work for New Zealand? - 19/02/18

Earthquake early warning systems are starting to come into use in a number of countries.  Here, a team of researchers is asking if and how New Zealanders would use earthquake early warnings.

Tracking the path of Porirua tsunamis - 13/02/2018

Where are tsunamis likely to flow in Porirua, and what does that mean for where you put buildings?  This is the question EQC has funded GNS scientist Dr Wendy Saunders to investigate.

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.