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Mantle’s melting moment – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 6th, 2017.

New Zealand scientists have used GPS data to better understand how the Earth’s mantle is melting deep below the North Island’s volcanoes. The study, published today in Nature, used GeoNet’s GPS sensors to measure horizontal and vertical shifts over the past decade, in a region stretching from Lake Taupō to the Bay of Plenty. Writing […]

Inbreeding threatens island’s kiwi – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on January 19th, 2017.

Newly-published research from New Zealand researchers has found a Marlborough kiwi population thought to be thriving is actually threatened by the ‘silent effects’ of inbreeding. Dr Helen Taylor’s PhD research took her to Long Island, which has a little spotted kiwi population founded with two birds in the 1980s. While the population appeared to be […]

Tūhoe and scientists collaborate on dinosaur hunt – In the news

Laura Goodall posted in on July 7th, 2016.

Ngāi Tūhoe and palaeontologists have teamed up to go digging for dinosaurs and understand more about how these animals lived in New Zealand. The research will focus on searching for fossil remains in streams that flow through Te Urewera National Park, which is managed by Ngāi Tūhoe. “They’re leading the project,” palaeontologist James Crampton from GNS Science […]

Kiwi scientists discover how Earth’s plates move

Laura Goodall posted in on February 5th, 2015.

New Zealand researchers have developed the clearest picture yet of what happens at the base of tectonic plates and how they move across Earth’s surface in a study published in Nature today. For the first time, an international team of scientists based out of Wellington, has been able to see 100 kilometres under the earth’s […]

Dom Post: Coral faces killer ‘worse than climate change’

Peter Griffin posted in on May 27th, 2010.

Kiran Chug writes in the Dominion Post about Victoria University research showing that sea snails are having a worse effect on Pacific coral reefs than climate change. The snails in question, Dendropoma maximum, significantly reduce the growth and survival of any reefs where they are found, although scientists are unsure why. An excerpt: (read in […]

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