Southland 3-D model helps scientists study water

Published: 08 Jul 2015 9:42am

A 3-D geological model of Southland. Each colour represents different layers of geological formation.

For the first time, what goes on underneath Southland has been revealed. And scientists are excited.

A new 3-D computer model of the province has been created by GNS Science and the Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research.

It is part of Environment Southland's innovative science programme and is the first step in being able to understand the region's natural systems.

Eventually the model will show where water is, where water and contaminants are flowing from and help make decisions about limit setting.

The model was built using geological maps and subsurface data using information from groundwater bore samples and coal and oil exploration bore logs.