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Scientists at the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism (DTM) bring the perspective of several disciplines to broad questions about nature. DTM's name comes from its original role to chart the Earth's magnetic field. This goal was largely accomplished by 1929. Since then, DTM has evolved to reflect the growing multi-disciplinary nature of the Earth, planetary, and astronomical sciences. Today, the historic goal remains to understand the physical Earth and the universe that is our home.

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Upcoming Events

"Satellite Remote Sensing of Volcanic Gas Emissions"
Christoph Popp (DTM Weekly Seminar Series)
Thursday, September 18, 2014

2nd Annual Postdoc Appreciation Day
DTM/Geophysical Laboratory (Event)
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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DTM Celebrates our Second Annual Postdoc Appreciation Day

Postdoc Week

In celebration of National Postdoc Appreciation Week, the DTM and Carnegie's Geophysical Laboratory held an ice cream social on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 in Tuve Hall.

The Broad Branch Road campus prides itself on the vast diversity of the postdoctoral associates and fellows and the global community that is shared. To honor that diversity, an "Around the World" Ice Cream Social was held, honoring each postdoc's home country with it's flag. All of the postdocs from the BBR campus were invited and were treated to an ice cream sundae bar with international ice creams, sorbets and gelato, and a vast bounty of delectable toppings. The campus would not be the same without our wonderful postdocs, and they are truly appreciated! For more photos from the event, click here.

Rizo Collected Ancient Rocks from One of the Oldest Terrains on Earth

Hanika Rizo

While in pursuit of her research about early Earth’s evolution, DTM Postdoc Hanika Rizo collected rock samples from an ancient terrain in the polar bear populated Canadian province of Northern Labrador this summer.

In collaboration with DTM Acting Director, Rick Carlson, and former postdoctoral fellow Jonathan O’Neil (University of Ottawa), Rizo gathered rock samples of both volcanic and sedimentary origins that could shed a new light on the geological processes that shaped our planet. 

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DTM scientists regularly explore our planet and the universe. Along the way they capture images of stunning landscapes, geophysical processes and data visualizations.

Browse DTM’s online image gallery to share in the journey of scientific exploration and discovery.

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Christoph Popp

Watch Christoph Popp discuss, "Satellite Remote Sensing of Volcanic Gas Emissions," today at 11 a.m. as part of DTM seminar series.

John Platt

John Platt (Harvard) discussed, "How pore fluid effects drive strain localization and rapid weakening during earthquakes," at this week's DTM seminar.

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DTM has job openings for both postdoctoral fellowships and a staff scientist in geophysics. Click here for more information.