Cathodoluminescence (CL) image of the mineral zircon (ZrSiO4) showing internal concentric-growth zonation and a complex history.
This seismogram was recorded by the seismometer in the basement of our building on August 23, 2011.
The Milky Way, as seen from one of our campsites in Nevada on the 2011 Department field trip to the Great Basin.
Prof. Dymek sawing a rock in the rock saw lab.
Lunch break during a Structural Geology (EPSc 460) field trip to the Ozarks

Earth and Planetary Sciences

Whether you're interested in studying the world beneath your feet, or worlds farther away, the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences provides the tools for understanding the processes that shape our planet and other solar system bodies. Understanding the Earth system is also the key to addressing many environmental challenges, including climate change, water quality, and sources of energy. More...

Upcoming Events

The origin of voluminous high-SiO2 rhyolites, the most evolved magmas on Earth, and the resolution of several paradoxes
Rudolph Hall, Room 203 @ 4:15 pm
Rudolph Hall, Room 203 @ 4:15 pm
Rudolph Hall, Room 203 @ 4:15 pm
Rudolph Hall, Room 203 @ 12:00 pm

Photo of the Week

September 2, 2015: America's newest mountain, Denali
President Barack Obama approved renaming Alaska's Mt. McKinley to Denali this week.Photo credit: NBC news.
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