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Geology news archive 2013

7 November 2013: Ocean drilling reveals why the 2011 Tohoku-Oki Earthquake and Fukushima Tsunami were so devastating

15 November 2013: Department of Geology goes spatial with Koordinates subsite. The department now has a subsite with mostly spatial data derived from staff and students research in the Department of Geology.

31 October 2013: Marsden success for geology staff Congratulations to Christina Riesselmann, Dave Craw and Chris Moy: all have been awarded Marsden Funds to start in 2014.

30 October 2013: Ice workshop
Dunedin has hosted a workshop on ice microstructure, rheology and physical properties this week.

30 October 2013: Maori and Mining book launch
Maori & Mining is a book that provides a context to Mining in New Zealand for Maori people, Iwi and others.

4 September 2013: Nietzsche's Butterfly: An Introduction to Chaos Theory (Student Voices: A Blog about science by students, for students at Scitable By Robin Andrews.

31 August 2013: Otago voice in UN climate conference (ODT article)
University of Otago MSc student Jacob Anderson is ''excited'' to have been selected as one of four youth climate change ambassadors to attend a United Nations conference in Warsaw later this year.

25 July 2013: Lecturing from the high seas (Otago Bulletin Board) Geology lecturer Dr Chris Moy has managed what is probably a teaching first at Otago - presenting lectures to his 200/300 level Sedimentology class from a research vessel off the coast of Alaska.

24 July 2013: Dunedin not immune to quakes (ODT Article) Seismic activity on several fault lines near Dunedin could generate similar-sized earthquakes to the 6.5 magnitude quake which hit Wellington, seismologist Dr Andrew Gorman says.

30 May 2013: Haka Valley whale fossils excite experts (ODT Article) Huge fossils hacked out of a limestone quarry in the Hakataramea Valley will help University of Otago researchers provide new insights into a tantalising gap in the evolutionary record of whales and dolphins.

23 May 2013: Starting off the summer with a bang: More man-made maars Read the blog post to find out more info about the controlled explosion experiments that James White has been involved in.

23 May 2013: Discovering Distant Dolphins  Yoshi Tanaka, a PhD student in Palaeontology, talks about how he discovered his love for fossils and his research on fossil dolphins in New Zealand. Listen to the Science notes radio show.

16 May 2013: Congratulations to Virginia Toy who has been awarded a University of Otago ‘Early Career Award for Distinction in Research’. Deputy Vice Chancellor Richard Blakie commented that "this year we had an exceptionally strong field of nominees". Dave Prior said that "Virginia is one of the rising stars of the university - the award is very well deserved".

13 May 2013: Experimental volcanoes make a blast (Nature news article) Controlled explosions could aid monitoring of active eruptions. Volcanologists detonated explosive charges buried in a meadow in Ashford, New York, blowing 12 small craters in the ground and throwing debris 80 metres in the air. The aim was to recreate, in true-to-life detail, what happens when a volcanic eruption punches through Earth’s crust. [James White]

4 May 2013: Marine mammals put Otago on the map (ODT article)

13 April 2013: Research links whales (ODT Article) University of Otago research that shows a northern hemisphere dwarf whale escaped extinction longer than previously thought also supports a theory that a still-surviving southern pygmy whale belongs to the same family. [Bobby Boessenecker]

21 February 2013: Radio NZ Nine to Noon Thursday 21 February 2013 Ewan Fordyce on how the Southern Ocean was a critical location for the evolution of whales and dolphins.

7 February 2013: Stress Change During the 2011 Tohoku-Oki Earthquake from Seafloor Boreholes

18 January 2013: Pelagiarctos thomasi not a "killer" walrus

12 January 2013: Marine-fossil researchers build Otago's profile (ODT article)