Earth and Environmental Sciences

The Seven Sisters Range near Port Lockroy (64.8 S, 63.5 W) on the Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica. Photo: Professor Emeritus Henry Pollack

Ocean surf at Big Sur, California. The ocean plays a critically important role in global climate change, due to the substantial amounts of heat and carbon that it stores and transports.

Ocean surf at Big Sur, California. The ocean plays a critically important role in global climate change, due to the substantial amounts of heat and carbon that it stores and transports. Photo: Brian Arbic

Climbing to mountain peak

Graduate student Boris Avdeev doing field research in the Caucasus. Photo: Peter Schön

Glacier Hike

Graduate student Boris Avdeev doing field research in the Caucasus. Photo: Peter Schön

The island of Moorea near Tahiti.

Moorea, a highly eroded extinct volcano near Tahiti, will eventually sink below the surface of the ocean, but the barrier reef will continue to grow and form a coral atoll. Photo: Ingrid Hendy

Recycling Sediment. Image provided by J. P. Brandenburg

Geodynamical modeling by JP Brandenburg and Peter van Keken reveals how the subducting oceanic crust creates geochemical heterogeneity in the Earth's mantle.

Snake River

Snake River. Photo: Nathan Niemi

Trilobite. Photo credit Tom Baumiller.

A Devonian trilobite, Eldredgeops rana from Paulding County, OH. Extinct marine arthropods, trilobites were among the most successful of all early animals, roaming the oceans for over 270 million years. Collector: D. Thompson Photo: Tom Baumiller

Professor Dan Fisher and postdoc Adam Rountrey excavating the tusk of an 11,000-year-old mammoth, found at Morrison Lake Country Club near Saranac, Michigan.

Professor Dan Fisher and postdoc Adam Rountrey excavating the tusk of an 11,000-year-old mammoth, found at Morrison Lake Country Club near Saranac, Michigan.

Graduate student Carli Arendt sampling water and ice at the toe of the Athabasca Glacier in the Canadian Rockies.

Graduate student Carli Arendt sampling water and ice at the toe of the Athabasca Glacier in the Canadian Rockies. Photo: M. Cambiar

Deep-sea coring near the Bahamas onboard the R/V Knorr.

Deep-sea coring near the Bahamas onboard the R/V Knorr. Photo: Rindy Ostermann, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

East Lake, off the Rae Lakes Trail, Kings Canyon National Park, California, September 2012

East Lake, off the Rae Lakes Trail, Kings Canyon National Park, California, September 2012. Photo: Todd W. Grant

Sleeping Bear Dune, Michigan

Sleeping Bear Dune, Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore. Lake Michigan has a surface area of 22,400 square miles (58,000 km2), making it the largest lake entirely within one country by area, and fifth largest lake in the world. Photo: Dale Austin

Copper, Phoenix Mine, Michigan

Copper (with cuprite and tenorite coatings), Phoenix Mine, Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan. Copper deposits in northern Michigan were discovered in the 1830's with the help of U-M professor Douglass Houghton. Photo: Deborah Wilson

Banded Iron Formation

Banded iron formation consisting largely of hematite and silica from the Negaunee Iron Formation at Jasper Knob near Ishpeming, Michigan. Also shown are pellets consisting of hematite and clay, which are used as blast furnace feed. Photo: Dale Austin

Ameralik Fjord, Greenland

Ameralik Fjord, Greenland. Photo: Sarah Aciego

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Seeking Tenure-Track Faculty Candidate

The Department seeks a tenure-track faculty candidate at the assistant professor level, in either Climate Change or Water Cycle Research, for a university-year appointment starting September 1, 2015.

Researchers at the Museum of Paleontology Launch Online Repository of Fossils

More than two decades ago, University of Michigan paleontologist Daniel Fisher and some of his students began the laborious task of digitally scanning the bones of mastodons, mammoths and other prehistoric creatures so the images could be displayed on computers.

The results of this massive undertaking can now be seen at the University of Michigan Online Repository of Fossils.

Music and Melting Ice

If you missed the "World Without Ice" installation before it melted away, you can catch a few moments of zen and enjoy the art and science collaboration of Professors Henry Pollack, Michael Gould, and Steven Rush with this arresting HD video.

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