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Department of Geology News and events

Sustained levels of moderate warming could melt the East Antarctic Ice Sheet

Thursday, 20 September 2018 11:48am

The East Antarctic Ice Sheet melted during extended warm periods in the past when temperatures were similar to those predicted for the coming century, a new study published in Nature has shown.

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Otago researchers bring a world-first in ancient earthquake identification

Tuesday, 4 September 2018 12:04pm

The first natural example of a fossilised earthquake in serpentinite (type of rock) is providing new knowledge about the extreme forces and chemical reactions that occur during seismic ruptures.

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Scholarships provide Antarctic opportunities

Thursday, 12 July 2018 9:05pm

Antarctic glaciers and microscopic algae will soon be the focus of two University of Otago students who have just been awarded two of three Antarctica New Zealand Scholarships for 2018.

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Otago researcher’s discovery of ancient fossil provides clues to evolution of baleen whales

Friday, 11 May 2018 10:17am

A University of Otago palaeontologist’s discovery of an ancient fossil whale that swam the Antarctica seas 34 million years ago has paved the way for new knowledge about the evolution of baleen whales.

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New species of ancient whale identified and named by Otago palaeontologists

Wednesday, 18 April 2018 9:23am

University of Otago palaeontologists are rewriting the history of New Zealand’s ancient whales by describing a previously unknown genus of baleen whale, alive more than 27.5 million years ago and found in the Hakataramea Valley.

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Otago researchers uncover New Zealand's first fossils preserved in amber

Thursday, 8 February 2018 11:31am

The discovery of fossil insects, nematodes and fungi preserved in amber from sites in Otago is shedding new light on New Zealand’s geological and biological history.

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Studying deep ocean volcanic eruption throws up more questions for Otago researcher

Thursday, 11 January 2018 11:12am

A study of the largest deep-ocean eruption of the past century has changed the way scientists think about submarine volcanism, a University of Otago academic says.

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National awards for Otago Geologists

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 10:24pm

Five geoscientists from Otago’s Department of Geology received awards at the Geoscience Society of New Zealand Annual Conference held at the University of Auckland recently.

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Embracing technology brings success for winning teacher

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 1:37pm

Stressful, difficult and time-consuming. Three words you wouldn’t expect to hear from the winner of this year’s Division of Sciences Early Career Teacher of the Year when asked to describe teaching.

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Marsden success for Sciences

Monday, 20 November 2017 9:59am

Division of Sciences researchers have gained over $7.2m for 12 world-class research projects as Principal Investigators and a further $6m as Assistant Investigators working in collaboration with researchers both across Otago and in external organisations.

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NZ-led international team begin epic journey to probe secrets of Ross Ice Shelf

Friday, 17 November 2017 2:29pm

After years of planning, a University of Otago-led research team is about to embark on an epic research expedition to the Antarctic to better understand how the earth’s largest expanse of floating glacial ice will respond to global warming.

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Marsden Fund backs Otago’s research in best ever round

Friday, 3 November 2017 10:04am

University of Otago researchers have gained around $24m for 33 world-class research projects in the latest Marsden Fund annual round – the University’s most successful round ever.