Geology

  • Geology field trip_Castle Hill
    © Courtesy of Matt Guiang (Study Abroad student 2014) on a Geology field trip to Castle Hill.

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Top 200 in the world in Earth and Marine Sciences (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2017)

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Top 200 in the world in Earth and Marine Sciences (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2017)

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Overview

New Zealand, on the active margin of the Pacific with its volcanoes, earthquakes, dramatic geomorphology and 500 million years of geological history, is one of the best places on Earth to study geological processes. Our position in mid-southern latitudes and relative proximity to Antarctica means that New Zealand is a key location for climate change research.

Geologists are directly involved in the monitoring, prediction and assessment of hazards such as volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides and tsunamis. The geologist has an important role in land planning processes and in assessing environmental impact.

Geologists have developed one of the most exciting new scientific theories of the twentieth century – plate tectonics – which explains the origin and locations of all the major geological features and Earth building processes of the planet. Geologists also search for the natural resources which sustain our technological society, not least of all, water. The construction of buildings, bridges, roads, dams and reservoirs requires geological expertise.

Contact us

Department of Geological Sciences

Phone +64 3 369 4384
Email geology@canterbury.ac.nz

Location
Von Haast building - see campus maps

Postal address
College of Science | Te Rāngai Pūtaiao
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

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