Department of Earth SciencesWestern Science
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Welcome to Earth Sciences at Western

Earth Sciences is the science of the planet Earth. We seek to understand the Earth's internal structure and composition; its dynamic character (earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics); the processes that occur within it; the processes that shape its surface and the materials that constitute its surface layers; the origin, occurrence, extraction and conservation of the Earth's natural resources (minerals, fossil fuels, soils, and water); the place of the Earth within the Solar System, and the history of life on Earth.

Western's Department of Earth Sciences is a close-knit and dynamic department combining cutting edge academic and applied research with strong mentorship and teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Our graduates can be found in industry, academia and government across Canada and around the world. Come see us in the Biological and Geological Sciences Building to see what Earth Sciences has to offer.


Nov. 24: Mars Sample Return Mission Simulation Open House 7-9pm in the Physics & Astronomy Atrium. Students are simulating various stages of a sample return mission currently underway at a field site in Utah, USA, including mission planning, commanding the Mars Exploration Science Rover (MESR) and identifying, characterizing and collecting rock samples all while remaining within MESR’s data, energy, and time constraints.

Nov. 5: Quick Thinking, Teamwork Highlight Accident Response.  A quick-thinking PhD student, working in conjunction with Western’s Health and Safety infrastructure, offered a textbook example of how to handle a laboratory emergency on campus this week. Patrick Hill, a a PhD student in Geology and Planetary Sciences...

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Where's Western? - Planetary Science Field School
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