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Department of Geology News and events

Predicting the next Big One (ODT Article)

Sunday, 17 August 2014 2:59pm

University of Otago geologist Dr Virginia Toy is keen to shed new light on the likely effects of a predicted huge earthquake on the Southern Alps fault system.

Dr Toy, a senior lecturer in structural geology, is one of three co-leaders in a major international scientific venture, the Deep Fault Drilling Project, at the Southern Alps.

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Giant penguin in mint condition (ODT Article)

Saturday, 9 August 2014 11:25am

An extinct giant penguin species discovered by University of Otago geologist Prof Ewan Fordyce has been emblazoned on a collectable coin recently issued by New Zealand Post.

It is believed to be the first time the research findings of an Otago University academic have been featured in this way.

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Otago scientists part of planned deep drill probing of Alpine Fault

Wednesday, 25 June 2014 11:08am

A New Zealand-led international science team that includes University of Otago geologists is planning to drill a 1.3km-deep hole into the Alpine Fault in the South Island later this year to find out more about the nature of the fault and the earthquakes it produces.

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Strange marine mammals of ancient North Pacific revealed

Thursday, 6 February 2014 9:01am

The pre-Ice Age marine mammal community of the North Pacific formed a strangely eclectic scene, research by a University of Otago Geology PhD student reveals.

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Otago researchers reveal new NZ fossil dolphin

Wednesday, 22 January 2014 10:01am

A newly recognised fossil dolphin from New Zealand, dubbed Papahu taitapu, is the first of its kind ever found and may be a close relation to the ancestors of modern dolphins and toothed whales, according to University of Otago researchers.

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International research reveals causes of Fukushima tsunami

Friday, 6 December 2013 9:09am

Research from the University of Otago along with a team of international scientists, has shown for the first time that fine sediment clay within the Japan Trench plate boundary megathrust fault, was a key factor in triggering the devastating Fukushima tsunami in March 2011.