A Continent on the Move The 2009 Montana Environment Award winning GSNZ book, "A Continent on the Move" edited by Ian Graham, was launched on the 8th of September, 2008. The 388 page / 750 colour picture book is "coffee table-like" in appearance and encyclopaedic in scope. It is a summary of the present knowledge of New...
This well established series of guidebooks to the geological features and landscapes of New Zealand includes descriptions and suggested walks or touring routes.
A number of inventories of geological features in New Zealand have been prepared by the Geological Reserves subcommittee , under the supervision of Bruce Hayward. Each inventory report has been numbered in the GSNZ Miscellaneous Publication series.
The following list includes all known GSNZ Miscellaneous Publications (if anyone can fill in the blanks, please let the website editor know!). Abstracts from recent Annual Conferences can be downloaded as pdf files.
Only a few copies of recent Miscellaneous Publications are held by GSNZ for sale. GSNZ retains archive copies of out of print Miscellaneous Publications. They can also probably be found in all good NZ science and geological libraries. Please contact the GSNZ administrator for enquiries regarding the sale of Miscellaneous Publications.
The Society publishes, and/or supports publication of, biographies of New Zealand geologists. Coming soon: Edward Davis.
A Geologist Remembers: Recollections of Fieldwork by Maxwell Gage and Simon Nathan (1999).
GSNZ Miscellaneous Publication 102.
This 52 page book covers the experiences of Max Gage working for the New Zealand Geological Survey between 1935-1947 in many parts of New Zealand. We are very fortunate that Max kept a photographic record of his...
From Mountains to Meteorites by Brian Mason and Simon Nathan (2001).
GSNZ Miscellaneous Publication 109.
Brian Mason started his career as a geologist in New Zealand, and studied geochemistry in Oslo and Stockholm. His pioneering "Principles of Geochemistry" has been read by many generations of geochemists. From...
Harold Wellman: A Man who moved New Zealand by Simon Nathan (2005).
Victoria University Press, with financial support from GSNZ.
A limited number of books is available at a special price $20. This book usually retails at $49.95 in bookstores, however Simon Nathan has generously donated some stock to the Geological Society of...
The Real McKay by Graham Bishop 2008. Alexander McKay, a self-educated explorer who rose to the position of Government Geologist, is the folk hero of New Zealand geology. He was a key figure in laying the foundations for the high reputation New Zealand geological science enjoys internationally. He was also a...
Hochstetter's Nelson Diary Authors: Mike Johnston, Sascha Nolden & Leonore Hoke
Geoscience Society of New Zealand Miscellaneous Publication 132
German geologist Ferdinand von Hochstetter is regarded by many as the Father of New Zealand Geology. Arriving in New Zealand in 1859, he...
GSNZ Field Wallet This very popular item is back in stock.
bright red, rugged, totally waterproof, 100x75x5mm, weighs 38g, fits in pocket, has hole for lanyard
contains eight double sided cards of igneous, metamorphic, sedimentary, structural, stratigraphic, mineralogical, geotechnical and fossil...
"The best geologist is the one who has seen the most rocks" GSNZ wants to maintain a strong, and safe, fieldtrip culture in New Zealand.
Field safety guidelines
With the increased emphasis on Health and Safety, GSNZ has developed fieldtrip safety guidelines. These are primarily for use on its official conference fieldtrips but can also be used by branches.
Download version 1.0 (18 Feb 2006 doc format)
Download version 2.0 (7 Sept 2006 pdf format)
Download version 3.0 (Sept 2009 pdf format) Download version 3.0 (Sept 2009 doc format)
Roadside stops appendix (Sept 2009 pdf format)
Since 2002 GSNZ fieldguides have been converted to pdf format and are posted below for ready reference. Such guides often contain useful syntheses of information that may not be published elsewhere. Proper citation is encouraged and, where appropriate, users should contact the authors for permission to cite material.
It is the responsibility of individuals to familiarise themselves with hazards and safety requirements on any fieldtrip, and also to obtain appropriate permission to enter property (possession of a guide confers no privilege or exemption!).
Hamilton Conference, 2012. GSNZ Misc. Pub. 134B
Field Trip Guides (all included in a single file).
Bibliography of field guides 1891-1990. GSNZ Misc Pub 51
Thompson, B.N.; Hayward, B.W. (compilers) 1991. Bibliography of New Zealand earth science excursion guides, 1891-1990. GSNZ Misc Pub 51, 85 pp. Download 490kb Excel file.
595 field guides are categorised by author, year, title, source, conference, conference location, region, start and end points, localities visited, NZMS260 map sheet, data type, subject area, keywords and library holdings. Thanks to Bruce Hayward for supplying the file.