|Hannah Golebiowski, Rhane Mercado, GNS geothermal geologist Fiona Sanders, Olivia Neill and Olivia Hilton (left to right) in front of a diagram indicating the soil temperatures across a geothermal area, as recorded by TNT College students.|
There is often method in madness, as a class of Taupo-nui-a-Tia College students learned this year.
The Year 10 students measured the temperature of the soil at a geothermal site at Crown Park multiple times throughout the school year.
Measurements were taken at different depths along a given line near fumole hot gas vents. One group also measured the carbon dioxide levels being emitted from fumoles.
The pupils presented their findings to geologists at GNS Science on Friday, along with corresponding graphs showing the air temperature and rainfall when measurements were taken.