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Throughout New Zealand and across the globe, from the Earth’s deep interior to the communities we live in, our staff and students are working to understand the matters that most affect our planet.

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Whether it’s studying volcanoes in the South American Andes, the shakes of the Kekerengu fault or surfacing insights into the Zealandia continent our scientists are at the forefront of science discovery.

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  • Cécile Massiot in her graduation dress

    The science of hot fluids in cracked rocks

    Research by a Victoria University of Wellington PhD graduate has improved understanding of how underground hot fluids flow through fractured rocks, which will help in the development of geothermal energy.

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    Better the climate you know

    New research shows how reducing carbon emissions can prevent billions of people from being exposed to unheard-of changes in climate in the coming decades.