Coffee grows where the volcano blows

Since the Earth’s inception volcanoes have been releasing gases necessary for life to evolve. The associated process of recycling the Earth’s crust has concentrated natural elements that modern society relies on, from  potash and sulphate for agriculture to lithium for technology and gold for commerce. As a result, communities across the globe have historically converged […]


100 years of earthquakes

As global population expands there is a proportional increase in the number of people living within areas under threat from natural hazards. A projection of trends from historical data suggests that over the course of the 21st Century global loss of life caused by earthquake-related events alone will extend into the millions. To minimise the […]


New Zealand’s biggest earthquake

On the back of the Geosciences 2015 Conference held in Wellington, New Zealand, Prof. Tim Little from Victoria University of Wellington led a field trip to visit exposures of the Wairarapa Fault, an active, strike-slip fault in the southern North Island. This fault is attributed to the infamous magnitude 8.2 Wairarapa Earthquake of 1855 AD and was the largest seismic […]