Alpine Fault Drilling – Science Express

Hear about the deepest fault drilling ever done in New Zealand. What are the challenges of putting a borehole into a fault? What information is revealed?

The Deep Fault Drilling Project was ambitious – to drill down 1.3 kilometres into the Alpine Fault, through parts of the Pacific and Australian plates. Co-leader Rupert Sutherland explains how the project, although halted at 893 metres because of equipment failure, has yielded valuable information about earthquake processes.

Recorded in March 2015 as part of Te Papa’s Science Express programme.

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Image: Mount Sefton and Footstool, Southern Alps, 1893, Dunedin, by Burton Brothers studio, George Moodie. Te Papa (C.016443)

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