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What's with the cool Moho under the Rockies?

Tony Lowry and students highlight the correspondence of cool lower crust with high elevation in the West -- describing upper mantle hydration as the cause, as it drives alteration up through the lithosphere.

SPICEing up the Cambrian Chronology

Grad student Hannah Cothren and Dr. Carol Dehler provide the first numerical age constraint for the global SPICE isotopic event through study of the fabulous Cambrian section preserved in the Bear River Range.

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The Department of Geosciences at Utah State University focuses on research and education on Earth materials, the physical and chemical processes acting upon them, how landscapes evolve under those processes, and the history of Earth and its life. We maintain a tradition of field-oriented instruction, taking advantage of our location, although our research is largely conducted in laboratories and on computers. Follow this link to see the Department's Mission Statement.

The Geosciences, or Earth Sciences, include classical Geology as well as interdisciplinary study of the solid Earth’s interactions with water and hydrologic systems, climate systems, and biologic systems. Geoscientists use approaches from other disciplines to study our planet, such as in geophysics, geochemistry, and paleobiology and paleoecology. Geoscientists have important roles in the discovery and management of mineral, energy, and water resources, environmental and natural-hazard studies, land management, and education.

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