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At the Earth and Planets Laboratory, we work at the frontier of human knowledge. We discover new worlds, create new materials, illuminate the inner workings of our planet, and seek to understand the universe that is our home. In 2020 we merged the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism (est.1904) and the Geophysical Lab (est.1905) to create a new multidisciplinary department. By combining a century of scientific trailblazing, we are better suited than ever to collaborate, discover, and innovate.

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The oxygen fugacity and ferric iron content of MORB-source mantle
Liz Cotrell (Thematic Seminar)
Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 11:00

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EPL at AGU 2020

EPL at AGU 2020

This year, the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting will be held online from December 1-17, 2020. EPL scientists will be presenting their latest scientific discoveries in areas including seismology, planetary science, geochemistry, and cosmochemistry. 

Deja Lu...nar? Why Does Water on the Moon Sound Familiar?

NASA illustration depicts water trapped in the lunar soil of the Moon's Clavius Crater and an image of NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). Credits: NASA/Daniel Rutter

NASA kept the scientific community on the edge of its collective seat regarding “exciting news” about the Moon and speculation filled the Twitterverse for a week. But the big reveal may have left you with a sense of deja vu.  

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

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