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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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Mahowald tapped to help frame UN report on global warming

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"Tsunamis used to be called tidal waves because they look like a tide wave coming in or going out very fast. But they are not related to tides. Tsunamis are caused by a sudden and significant vertical displacement of water from an underwater earthquake or landslide. Not all underwater earthquakes or landslides cause tsunamis and not all tsunamis are devastating." - Louise McGarry, Ph.D. graduate, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Oceanography. Read More