Geology & Seismology
NIWA scientists have found that a volcanic cone on Rumble III, 200km northeast of Auckland, has crumbled. Marine geologist Richard Wysoczanski said there's no doubt some of these slips can cause tsunami.
GNS Science has started a major two-year work programme that will substantially increase the quality and quantity of geoscience information available to the oil and gas exploration industry in New Zealand.
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.
GNS palaeontologist James Crampton is urging Kiwis to get digging and start exploring the rock and river beds around them for fossils.
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.
GNS Science geologist Dr Gill Jolly says aftershocks of the 7.8 earthquake centred 100km southwest of Te Anau that struck on July 15 last year were still being felt.
GNS Science monitoring shows South Westland's celebrated Welcome Flat hot pools have become a little less welcoming.
GNS Science volcanologist Dr Gill Jolly says although there have been 25 "little" volcanic eruptions in the central North Island in geologically recent times, it is 1800 years since the last big one.
GNS Science geologist Greg Browne has found 70 million-year-old dinosaur footprints in northwest Nelson.
The South Island has been twisted out of shape and shoved closer to Australia by last week's massive Fiordland earthquake says GNS Science GeoNet project director Ken Gledhill showing the immensity of the forces involved.
GNS and NIWA scientists and engineers head south this week to prepare for the most challenging sub-ice drilling project yet attempted in Antarctica.
Using modelling techniques developed by GNS Science, New Zealand's ability to respond to a massive tsunami will be put to the test on Wednesday, 20th October.
Auckland sits on volcanic field that could reactivate at any time and the best way to monitor volcanoes is to check for seismic signals, says GNS Science.
Scientists have identified 29 previously unknown volcanic ash layers while drilling into ancient eruption craters in Auckland.
NIWA scientists are working at the cutting edge of earthquake research, developing new ways to interpret the history of undersea earthquakes occurring on major faultlines around New Zealand.
In the early hours of Saturday morning on 4 September 2010, people in Christchurch and the surrounding Canterbury region were jolted awake by the most damaging earthquake in New Zealand since the deadly magnitude 7.8 Hawke's Bay (Napier) earthquake in 1931.
GNS Scientists report that a rare combination of two massive earthquakes happening almost simultaneously triggered the tsunami that devastated parts of Samoa and Tonga.
GNS Science says that top international scientists are eyeing up a scrubby West Coast stream bed to carry out multimillion-dollar research into New Zealand's major "earthquake machine".
A new geological map, published by GNS Science, covering central Northland shows the region has no known active faults.
Solander Island, 40km south of the Fiordland coast, has been found to be geologically much younger than previously thought.
A book co-published by GNS Science and the Geological Society of New Zealand has been selected as a finalist in the 2009 Montana Book Awards.
Crown Research Institute GNS Science has reached a milestone by selling its seismic processing software to international processing provider, Spectrum Geo Limited.
A magnificent new book on earth science in New Zealand went on sale in bookstores recently.
A sea-level gauge installed at the Port of Tauranga this week will form part of a national network of gauges for monitoring tsunamis.
A new borehole earthquake recorder installed by GNS Science will boost earthquake and volcano monitoring capability in the Auckland region.
Modern-day explorers use high-tech equipment to explore earth's last great frontier - the ocean floor. Join GNS Science's Cornel de Ronde in this fascinating Australian TV documentary as he explains the discovery of huge submarine volcanoes, weird marine creatures, and large mineral deposits on New Zealand's seafloor.
This week sees the launch of an exhibition on fossils that will tour New Zealand for the next three years. Called NZ Fossils: Dead Precious!, it showcases fossils as predictors and indicators of climate change, evolution, natural disasters, and resources such as minerals and oil and gas.
A boost for a 20-year-old piece of programming is turning oil into gold for GNS Science.