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The Department of Earth Sciences (EARS) at Dartmouth is devoted to the study of the natural world in which we live. At the advanced level, research and teaching themes fall under the broad category of 'environmental geosciences', and we combine field studies, both near home and abroad, with laboratory-based and theoretical studies of fundamental processes affecting the Earth's surface. Areas of ongoing research include watershed processes, environmental geochemistry, structural geology and geophysics in general, the physics of modern ice formation and the geologic history of climate change in glacial settings in particular, sedimentology, and remote sensing of environmental phenomena.


This site will help you learn more about who we are and what we do. Please feel free to contact us for further information, or with suggestions about how we can improve the site.

Prospective students, please see a list of our upcoming intro classes. This spring, learn about 'How the Earth Works'!

Each year we welcome bright, motivated students to our graduate program. We encourage you to apply—simply click to…

Virtually all undergraduate Earth Science majors and minors, as well as many of our graduate students, participate in our popular geology field program, ‘The Stretch’. Every fall term, students and faculty together explore the Canadian Rockies to the Grand Canyon, learning the story behind geologic wonders of the American West and about field techniques in the Earth and environmental sciences. Peruse a gallery of pictures from past trips—this experience awaits you!



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