Story: Geological exploration

Geophysical explosion (2nd of 2)

Geophysical explosion

High explosives were used in seismic exploration. This charge was let off during a visit of Prime Minister George Forbes to a geophysical survey party, under the supervision of Norbert Modriniak, working at Bendigo (near Cromwell) in 1934. The photograph was later seen by Harold Wellman, then working as a gold miner in Nelson, and inspired him to seek a job with the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research. He later became one of New Zealand’s leading earth scientists.

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Reference: Weekly News, 31 March 1934

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Simon Nathan, 'Geological exploration - Mapping, volcanoes and geophysics: 1900–1965', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 June 2021)

Story by Simon Nathan, published 12 Jun 2006