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Expert Q&A: Aquifers, groundwater and how contaminations can occur

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on August 24th, 2016.

A campylobacter outbreak in Havelock North affected an estimated 4000 people, sent dozens to the emergency department and sparked an inquiry into what happened and how well the response was managed. We’ve worked with experts to answer some simple and frequently-asked questions about the water in our aquifers, how it’s linked to surface water, and […]

Tongariro volcanic eruption and ash fall – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on August 7th, 2012.

UPDATED 10.50AM AUG 8: An explosive eruption overnight on Mount Tongariro has spread ash across the Central North Island and led to travel warnings on major highways in the region. The volcano remains at alert level 2, indicating the onset of eruptive activity and changes to indicators of unrest. GNS Science is closely monitoring the situation. […]

Hunt for remains of Pink & White Terraces continues

John Kerr posted in on March 7th, 2012.

Researchers are continuing their quest for detail the remains of the once famous Pink and White Terraces buried at the bottom of Lake Rotomahana. The picturesque terraces, once described as the eighth wonder of the natural world, were buried in the eruption of Mt Tarawera in 1886. This week researchers are heading out on to […]

Earthquake commission hears from scientists

John Kerr posted in on October 19th, 2011.

Scientists spoke this week at the first of many hearings held by the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Canterbury Earthquakes. The Science Media Centre has drawn together the some of the media coverage so far. The commission’s inquiry will report on the causes of building failure as a result of the quakes and the […]

Experts answer quake queries

John Kerr posted in on June 29th, 2011.

In another ‘Ask the Experts’ section in the Press, geologists from GNS answer earthquake questions posed by readers of the newspaper. An excerpt (read in full here): Ask an Expert: Faultline fears and P-waves We have been told the potential size of an earthquake is proportionate to the length of the faultline that caused it. […]

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Why so many aftershocks?

John Kerr posted in on June 22nd, 2011.

As the land beneath Christchurch continues to shake due to ongoing aftershocks, residents are are seeking answers from the experts. In an ‘ask an expert’ article published today on the Press website, reader’s questions such as  “why so many aftershocks?”  are put to scientists from GNS. An excerpt (read the full article here): Ask an […]

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‘It’s not our fault’ – Kelvin Berryman and quake communication

John Kerr posted in on June 8th, 2011.

Following the Canterbury earthquakes, scientists have been working hard to provide clear and accurate information for the people of Christchurch. Reporting for The Press, Vivki Anderson captured the thoughts of Dr Kelvin Berryman (GNS Science) on science communication. An excerpt (read in full here): Don’t blame the scientists – it’s not their fault. When Dr […]

‘Hotter and deeper’ – geothermal energy exploration

Dacia Herbulock posted in on May 24th, 2011.

Geothermal energy now generates around 13 percent of New Zealand’s electricity, but scientists gathering this week in Taupo will explore options for vastly expanding the resource’s potential. A two-day workshop (25 – 26 May) “HADES: Hotter and Deeper Exploration Science” will bring together engineers and geothermal specialists from 10 countries to discuss the international context […]

Cliff-scanning laser at work in Christchurch

John Kerr posted in on April 6th, 2011.

Three-dimensional laser scans of the shattered cliff faces of Christchurch’s seaside suburbs are helping scientists work out if any more rocks are likely to fall. Radio New Zealand’s science reporter Will Hine caught up with GNS surveyor Garth Archibald in Sumner to see how they work. You can listen to the interview here.

The Press: Scanner used on cliffs starts work in city

John Kerr posted in on March 28th, 2011.

Press Reporter Paul Gorman takes a look at how geo-scanning technology, previously used to detect potential rockfalls and landslides, is now being used to assess the stability of buildings in earthquake-struck Christchurch. An excerpt: (read in full here) Three-dimensional scans from the Riegl Z420i scanner, the only one of its kind in New Zealand, will […]

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