We explore & discover

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

"Computational Geodynamics - The Role of Simulation in Understanding Plate Tectonics"
Louis Moresi (DTM Weekly Seminar Series)
Thursday, December 4, 2014

"A Computation Geodynamicist's Journey Through the Earth in Three Acts: Chemical Geodynamics, Mantle Plums and Subduction Zones"e
Peter E. van Keken (DTM Weekly Seminar Series)
Monday, December 8, 2014

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Latest articles and news

DTM @ AGU 2014

AGU 2014

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting 2014 will take place in San Francisco, CA from 14-21 of December. Many staff members and postdoctoral associates from DTM will attend this year. Check here daily for live updates on each day's science presentations.

A Local D.C. School Receives a Real-Time Earthquake Monitor

Rockwave VS1 Seismometer

A local Washington D.C. school is able to monitor real-time earthquakes thanks to a generous donation from former DTM staff scientist, David James, and his wife Jeri Thomson.

DTM field seismologist, Steven Golden, headed the seismometer installation at the Washington International School in northwest D.C. on 1 December 2014, where he installed and tested the Rockwave VS-1 educational seismometer.

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Image Gallery

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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