What’s in a name?

Welcome! This is the first ever post on City of Volcanoes, a blog dedicated to describing the research taking place on the Auckland Volcanic Field, conveniently located in Auckland, New Zealand.

The title was taken from a 1964 book written by renowned Auckland area geologist, Ernie Searle. That moniker is even more applicable to the city today, as Auckland has grown to 1.5 million people….and that 1.5 million people live atop an active volcanic field (dun Dun DUN!). If that isn’t the plot to a movie, I don’t know what is.

‘Eruption’ movie created by the Gibson Group and aired nationwide by TV3 as part of NZ Civil Defence’s national ‘Get Ready’ Week in 2010.

On this blog, you can expect to see posts detailing some of the work we’ve been doing on the field to better understand its inner workings. And let me tell you…our field, it is a mysterious one. You can also expect updates on what we’re doing to prepare for an eruption, fieldwork pictures, and other research activities, as well as a few fun tidbits here and there.

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