Ice stalagmites in a cold cave - 15 degrees.
Geologic map of the Waterpocket Fold, Capitol Reef National Park
Deploying ocean bottom seismometers near the Mariana Islands for Prof. Wiens' research on plate subduction mechanisms.
Iconic laboratory equipment label
A garbenschiefer amphibolite, about 5" across

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

Clumped Isotope and Radiocarbon Records of Deep-sea Corals from the Last Glacial Cycle
Rudolph Hall, Room 203 @ 4:15 pm
Full waveform adjoint seismic tomography of the Antarctic plate
Rudolph Hall, Room 203 @ 11:30 am
Exploring new tools and archives for paleoclimatology
Rudolph Hall, Room 203 @ 4:15 pm
Alternative transportation on campus
Rudolph Hall, Room 203 @ 12:00 pm
Reconstructing Ocean Chemistry over the Cenozoic from Well-preserved Fossil Corals
Rudolph Hall, Room 203 @ 4:15 pm

Photo of the Week

January 18, 2017: Hole in the ice.
Last week the photo-of-the-week guy received this photo from a fellow who said, "On January 02, 2017 I was taking my children ice skating near my house in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada and stumbled along a large 30’ hole in the ice.  There were no tracks around the hole and it appears as if something from above struck the ice. The ice was approximately 10” thick. There were several small rocks laying on the surrounding ice which appears to be from the lake bottom as they has algae growing on them." It look like something big broke through the ice. But, short of a cold swim, there's no way I know to tell if was a meteorite or space junk. Wait 'til spring.
Photo credit: P. Watson
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