[unav_all] Alpine fault PhD research scholarship, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

John Townend John.Townend at vuw.ac.nz
Thu Apr 23 02:01:24 MDT 2009

The Alpine Fault ruptures in magnitude ~7.9 earthquakes every 200-400 years and last ruptured in 1717. Uplift of the Southern Alps has exhumed a young, well-preserved and globally unique sample of geological structures active in the middle and upper crust.

A team of New Zealand and international researchers has recently proposed a novel experiment to drill into, sample, and monitor the Alpine Fault to investigate earthquake processes and fault zone evolution (details at http://tinyurl.com/c7w6j9).  An important step in identifying drilling targets and refining the science programme is to determine thermal and hydrogeological conditions adjacent to the fault. Better understanding of ambient temperatures, fluid pressures, and water-rock interaction will be crucial to interpreting data obtained via drilling.

We seek a student with strong quantitative skills to undertake hydrogeological/thermal data analysis and modeling of the central Alpine fault under the supervision of researchers at Victoria University of Wellington and GNS Science (see http://tinyurl.com/c87ze7 for project outline).

Details of the application process can be obtained from http://tinyurl.com/br6qdf/ or by emailing john.townend at vuw.ac.nz<mailto:john.townend at vuw.ac.nz>.  APPLICATIONS CLOSE 15 MAY 2009.
John Townend
EQC Fellow in Seismic Studies
School of Geography, Environment, and Earth Sciences
Victoria University of Wellington
P.O. Box 600
Wellington 6015
New Zealand

john.townend at vuw.ac.nz

ph. +64 (4) 463 5411
fax.+64 (4) 463 5186

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