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Plumbing the depths of Te Riu-a-Māui Zealandia ocean - 19/07/2017

One of the world’s top scientific research ships will next week start a series of expeditions in the seas around New Zealand probing some of the 21st century’s big earth science questions.

Studies reveal Auckland Volcanic Field’s past: it’s temperamental and unpredictable - 18/07/2017

Two new studies published this month reveal that Auckland’s volcanic past was temperamental, with at one stage several large eruptions happening within 4,000 years, contrasted with thousands of years or more of silence.

Database holds Earth’s 2000-year climate history - 12/07/2017

Climate scientists will be able to more accurately study Earth’s temperature changes, thanks to a global database compiled with the help of a GNS Science and Victoria University of Wellington researcher.

25 years of science working for New Zealand - 03/07/2017

Twenty-five years ago – on 1 July 1992 – the Government re-shaped the nation’s science research organisations into 10 Crown Research Institutes.

Japanese plate boundary findings have relevance to NZ - 20/06/2017

Scientists have found that up to 50% of tectonic energy at a subduction zone east of Japan is released during slow earthquakes which occur under the seabed at this location every 12 to 18 months.

Funding success for four new GNS Science research projects - 13/06/2017

Researchers at GNS Science have been awarded funding of $480,000 for four new projects in the 2017 round of Te Pūnaha Hihiko - Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund, announced this week by Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith and Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell.

New Zealand joins global seabed mapping initiative - 09/06/2017

New Zealand has joined a global initiative to map the ocean floor of the entire world by the year 2030.

The science of hot fluids in cracked rocks - 24/05/2017

Research by a specialist at GNS Science, who graduated with a PhD this week, has improved understanding of how underground hot fluids flow through fractured rocks, which will help in the development of geothermal energy. 

Double celebration for new PhD graduate 24/05/2017

It’s a double celebration for GNS Science emergency management specialist Sara McBride who was conferred with her doctorate at Massey University’s graduation ceremony in Wellington this week. After she packs her gown and mortarboard away, she will head to the United States to take up a prestigious two-year post-doctoral Mendenhall Research Fellowship.

Scientists discover geothermal activity inside the Alpine Fault in the South Island - 18/05/2017

A collaboration by scientists who drilled nearly 900 metres into the South Island’s Alpine Fault has revealed surprisingly high temperatures and the potential for large geothermal resources in the area.