Australasian Science: Australia's authority on science since 1938

New Zealand's Alpine Fault reveals extreme underground heat and fluid pressure

By Rupert Sutherland

The full text of this article can be purchased from Informit.


File 20170517 24350 bor3lx

The drilling project at New Zealand’s Alpine Fault is the first to investigate a major fault that is due to rupture in a big earthquake in coming decades.
John Townend/Victoria University of Wellington, CC BY-SA

An international team that drilled almost a kilometre deep into New Zealand’s Alpine Fault, which is expected to rupture in a major earthquake in the next decades, has found extremely hot temperatures and high fluid pressures. The Conversation

Our findings, published today in Nature, describe these surprising underground conditions. They have broad implications for understanding what happens in the buildup to a major earthquake, and may represent the discovery of a new type of geothermal energy resource.

Seismic forces building up

...

The full text of this article can be purchased from Informit.