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Deep sea oil spill projections – experts respond

Dacia Herbulock posted in on October 23rd, 2013.

How widespread an impact would the failure of a deep sea oil well in New Zealand waters have on coastlines and fishing grounds? A report attempting to answer this question, commissioned by Greenpeace NZ from data modelling firm Dumpark, has been released today. It models the potential spread of a major deep sea oil spill in […]

Oil drilling and exploration in NZ’s deep waters

Dacia Herbulock posted in on June 4th, 2010.

ONLINE MEDIA BRIEFING: Thurs 10 June, 11 am (NZT) Over past decades, the drive to discover large new petroleum reserves has pushed drilling into deeper and deeper off-shore waters. New Zealand is surrounded by deep water basins that have potential to yield substantial petroleum resources. This week’s announcement of the opening of the Raukumara basin […]

Will the Southern Ocean’s carbon sink hold its breath?

Peter Griffin posted in on May 28th, 2010.

Ice core records show there was a sharp rise in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere — a  nearly 50% increase — at the end of the last ice age. Scientists have long puzzled over the origin of all the extra CO2 that appeared as the great ice sheets melted. Now, new evidence published in Science (with accompanying Perspective) […]

NZ Herald/NZPA: Deepest-dwelling fish in Southern Hemisphere photographed

Peter Griffin posted in on November 16th, 2009.

A species of ‘snailfish’, which lives over 7km deep, has been photographed by an international team including scientists from New Zealand. Properly named Notoliparis kermadecensis, the fish is the deepest-living of any in the Southern Hemisphere, and can only survive at the huge pressure found at such depths, limiting their habitats to oceanic trenches. An […]

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