Tagged: plate tectonics

Following 3 major quakes off New Zealand, questions remain about how they might be linked - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 08, 2021

Timothy Stern, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington A sequence of three major offshore earthquakes, including a magnitude 8.1 quake near the Kermadec Islands, triggered tsunami warnings and evacuations along the east coast of New Zealand on the morning of March 5. The Tonga Kermadec subduction zone stretches between New Zealand and south of Samoa. USGS, … Read More

Rocky icebergs and deep anchors – new research on how planetary forces shape the Earth’s surface - Guest Work

Guest Author Sep 29, 2020

Simon Lamb, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington Have you ever wondered why the Earth’s surface is separated into two distinct worlds – the oceans and large tracts of land? Why aren’t land and water more mixed up, forming a landscape of lakes? And why is most of the land relatively low and close to sea level, making … Read More

Satellites reveal melting of rocks under volcanic zone - Guest Work

Guest Author Jul 06, 2017

Simon Lamb, Associate Professor in Geophysics, Victoria University of Wellington and Timothy Stern, Professor of Geophysics, Victoria University of Wellington Volcanoes erupt when magma rises through cracks in the Earth’s crust, but the exact processes that lead to the melting of rocks in the Earth’s mantle below are difficult to study. In our paper, published … Read More

Does a planet need plate tectonics to develop life? - Guest Work

Guest Author Jun 29, 2016

By Craig O’Neill Plate tectonics may be a phase in the evolution of planets that has implications for the habitability of exoplanets, according to new research published this month in the journal Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors. Two of the things that make Earth unique in our solar system are that it has plate tectonics – … Read More

Earthquake prediction: Is GPS our best bet? - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Mar 12, 2011

The devastation following the 8.9M earthquake in Japan and, closer to home, last month’s lethal quake in Christchurch has many asking what science is actually doing to find a way of forewarning of major earthquakes. Given the loss of life in high magnitude earthquakes and the resulting tsunamis, it is indeed something that ought to be taken … Read More