About Us

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.

Upcoming Events

Physics of Light Dense Matter: Quantum and Classical Effects
Shanti Deemyad, University of Utah (EPL General Seminar)
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 11:00

Deforming the Earth in a Transmission Electron Microscope: Pushing the (Grain) Boundaries
Patrick Cordier, Université of Lille (EPL General Seminar)
Monday, October 5, 2020 - 11:00

Latest articles and news

More than 300 Attend Virtual Presentation of "Earth's First Crust"

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On September 24, 2020, Richard Carlson, Director of the Earth & Planets Laboratory (EPL), presented Earth's First Crust to a virtual crowd of more than 300 participants.

Life on Venus? Six Carnegie Scientists Respond

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The September 2020 announcement that scientists found phosphine gas on Venus set off a buzz of excitement across the scientific world, leaving one question in the minds of many spectators: Did we just discover signs of life on Venus? Six Carnegie scientists respond. 

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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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