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The power and versatility of environmental isotopes

Veteran multi-sport athlete Mike Sim believes his new job as a business development manager with GNS Science is a perfect fit for someone who likes to be analytical and is always looking for better ways of doing things.

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Staying well in Wellington, come hell or high water

Healthy attitudes can play a key role in the way people recover from an earthquake or tsunami.

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NZ and German researchers look to the long-term

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.

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Otago Coastline biggest tsunami risk

The Otago coastline is more likely to be affected by a tsunami generated close to home rather than one from afar, according to new research.

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Young River landslide biggest in 16 years

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.

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Whole lot of shakin' going on

A string of earthquakes has jolted parts of New Zealand - but GNS Science seismologists say the activity is nothing to worry about.

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GNS Science wins funding for three new science projects

Government-owned research and consultancy company GNS Science has won funding of $2.16 million from the Marsden Fund for three new science projects.

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NZ no older than 23m years

New research in the Chatham Islands suggests the whole of New Zealand's terrain was submerged about 23 million years ago, says a

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Northland sitting on pot of gold?

A study by GNS Science and the NZ Institute of Economic Research has revealed that Northland sits on mineral deposits potentially worth $33.2 billion.

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Give 'em enough rope...

A roping technique widely used by mountain climbers has come under Industrial Research scrutiny, with much improved mountain safety standards in mind...

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New Science

No signs of `slow' quake triggering Earth-shaking

Scientists analysing a series of "slow quakes" around Gisborne say they have not yet seen any evidence to support suspicions that the event, where one tectonic plate is diving under another, can trigger conventional earthquakes closer to the surface.

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Positive signs for Reinga Basin

Seismic and satellite data show that the Reinga Basin, off the northwest coast of the North Island, is one of the most prospective frontier basins in the New Zealand region, a report by GNS Science says.

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Wellington's 'big one' likely to take some time

"It's Our Fault" - a seven-year project, co-ordinated by GNS science is aimed at getting a better understanding of when the city might next be hit by a big quake and what effect it might have. The project has just passed the halfway stage and the early signs are Wellingtonians can relax a little.

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Fiordland quake biggest for 80 years

It struck at 9:22 pm on 15 July, and the epicentre was located in Dusky Sound at the south-west corner of the South Island. Its magnitude of 7.8 makes its size comparable with the Buller (or Murchison) earthquake of 1929 and the damaging Hawke's Bay earthquake of 1931.

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NZ joins world's largest geoscience programme

With our participation led by GNS Science, New Zealand has joined a major international scientific drilling programme that will collect sediment cores from beneath the seabed in New Zealand waters later this year.

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Scientists to probe Alpine Fault

Scientists from around the world are to descend on the West Coast of the South Island to discuss an ambitious plan to drill into the Alpine Fault and learn more about earthquakes.

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Project to focus on risk of volcanoes in Auckland

A major research project is underway to improve the understanding of the vulnerability of the Auckland region to volcanic eruptions.

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Earthquake faulting research helps assess seismic risk

NIWA scientists have discovered there is no connection between major fault lines in the North and South islands through central Cook Strait – meaning that an earthquake fault rupture may be contained to one island if it occurred.

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What makes Alpine Fault tick?

A group of New Zealand and international scientists are to

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Huge undersea landslide discovered in Cook Strait

Undersea mapping by NIWA scientists has revealed detail of massive rock movements less than 15 km from Wellington Airport.

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