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The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EAS) at Cornell is focused on understanding the nature and evolution of our home planet by applying the basic principles of mathematics, physics, and chemistry. EAS hosts frontier research on a wide variety of processes which drive the solid earth, the oceans, and the atmosphere. From geohazards to critical resources, from the origin of mountains to the origin of megastorms, from the inner core to the edge of space, from reading the geological record of ancient earth to forecasting meteorological threats to future earth, the scientists and students of EAS use the latest technologies while traveling the globe to probe our physical environment. We are dedicated to training the next generation of global leaders in earth and atmospheric sciences while promoting a citizenry informed on the science behind the important environmental and hazard issues of our time.

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Science paper cites recording of first precursory deformation before submarine eruption

Michael E. Mann co-author on Science paper documenting first real-time monitoring of a submarine...

Phosphorus: The key to life on earth as we know it?

Derry comments to Christian Science Monitor about phosphorus, life connection.

Faculty honored for excellence in advising, research, teaching

Twenty-four faculty were honored at the 2016 Excellence in Advising, Research and Teaching Awards.

Did you know?

John W. Wells (M.A., 1930, Ph.D., 1933), professor of geology from 1948-1973, discovered that corals can be used to determine past rotational speeds of the Earth and that the planet has been slowing down. His research spurred a remarkable increase in similar research studies and lead to discoveries in the changes of the orbital patterns of the Earth and moon over geologic time.