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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

"Combining Numerical Models and Geological Constraints to Investigate Large Scale Convection in the Earth and Moon"
Nan Zhang (DTM Weekly Seminar Series)
Thursday, October 23, 2014

"Using Young Disks as Laboratories for Studying Planet Formation"
Hannah Jang-Condell (DTM Weekly Seminar Series)
Thursday, October 30, 2014

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DTM Attends the 2014 Geological Society of America Meeting in Vancouver


DTM's Lara Wagner, Steven Shirey, and Hanika Rizo attended the 124th Geological Society of America (GSA) Meeting held in Vancouver, Canada from the 19-22 October 2014. Over 7,000 geoscientists and students met this week to share their scientific results, foster innovative research, transform the understanding of geological processes that have shaped Earth and other planets, and discuss Earth's global resources, geohazards, and environment. 

Shirey Shares the History Behind Your Diamond at the First Installment of Carnegie's 2014-15 Neighborhood Lecture Series

Steve Shirey NLS

Last week, friends and neighbors gathered at Carnegie’s Broad Branch Road campus to hear an eye-opening talk on, “The Geology of Diamonds and Why Yours is Remarkable,” by DTM Staff Scientist Steve Shirey at the first installment of Carnegie’s 2014-15 Neighborhood Lecture Series.

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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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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's Nan Zhang discussed combining numerical models and geological constraints at this week's DTM seminar.

Shaun Hardy

Shaun Hardy wins the Geoscience Information Society's 2014 Best Paper Award for his paper, “Open access publishing in the geosciences: Case study of the Deep Carbon Observatory," published in the Geoscience Information Society Proceedings.

Scott S. Sheppard

Watch Scott Sheppard discussed, "The Activity of Main Belt Comets: Ice or Dust?" at this week's DTM Seminar.