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Environmental geology research at the Department of Geology

The field of environmental geology is a major part of the research carried out by staff and students in the Department of Geology here at the University of Otago. Find out more about these topics:


Drainage systems are not necessarily permanent  features of the landscape, find out how geological processes affect drainage systems. Changing drainage systems also separate species and can be used to study molecular change. Find out also about the South Island's only saline lake (Sutton Salt Lake).

Metals in the New Zealand environment

Heavy and dangerous metals are naturally occurring in many geological formations and especially in mineralised zones. Often the process of mining can enhance the concentrations in the environment.

Mine restoration

Research covering mine restoration of an active gold mine(Macraes) and a closed gold mine(Wangaloa) including acid mine drainage.