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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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Meteoritical Society to Award Two EPL Alums in 2021

Meteoritical Society to Award Two EPL Alums in 2021

On August 11, 2020, the Meteoritical Society announced that Nan Liu and Maria Schönbächler—both former Earth and Planets Laboratory Postdoctoral Fellows—will receive two of the society’s seven 2021 awards for scientific achievements in the planetary sciences.

Playing in the Augmented Reality Sandbox

sandbox at Carnegie HQ

The AR sandbox is a nifty science communication tool we use to demonstrate some of the fundamental aspects of Earth science that happen here at the Earth and Planets Laboratory (EPL). The sandbox allows anyone to build and visualize complex landscapes and how they interact with natural phenomena—like rain—in real-time. 

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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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