Welcome to the Department of Earth Sciences

Earth Sciences, or geology, from the ancient Greek meaning “The Study of the Earth”, is the study of our dynamic planet, from its interior to its surface, and from the events that occurred since its formation 4568 million years ago, to the processes that take place in the modern Earth.

News Stories

Earth & Space Science News Article featuring the Tim Patterson Lab

Indigenous community partners are an important part of research in the Northwest Territories. The Patterson Lab uses many environmental proxies when examining core records to help understand how climate variability impacts regional lake ecosystems.

Fossils Aid Probe into Origins of Animals

Carleton University's Department of Earth Sciences, Hillary Maddin, is looking for evidence of that first proto-reptile in the fossilized tree stumps slowly eroding out of the cliffs that line Nova Scotia's Bay of Fundy coast.

Mining Magazine publishes article with Dr. James Mungall

Mining Magazine has published an article with Dr. James Mungall from Carleton University's Earth Sciences department, having collaborated on. The article is entitled: Precious metals may lie beneath Moon's Surface

CBC News Article: Ancient Life resurfacing

Al Donaldson, a retired professor from Carleton University's Earth Sciences department, was interviewed by CBC News on the resurfacing of stromatolites along the Ottawa River.

Jim Mungall publishes article in Nature Geoscience

Earth Sciences Professor, Dr. Jim Mungall, has published an article in Nature Geoscience entitled: "Abundance of highly siderophile elements in lunar basalts controlled by iron sulfide melt".

In Search of the Anthropocene-Nature News Feature

The Patterson lab is part of a group carrying out research to have Crawford Lake, near Milton Ontario, designated as the Global Boundary Stratographic Section and Point "golden Spike", type section of the newly proposed Anthropocene. It has been determined that the boundary will be based on the "Atomic Age", when humans first detonated nuclear weapons. The resultant radiation has left a clear signature in sedimentary records all around the world.

CBC Article-Patterson Lab developing new technology

CBC has published a news article that describes the significance of new Natural Resources Canada Clean Technology funding received by Tim Patterson's lab to both industry and indigenous groups. They are developing an integrated freeze core-ITRAX technology to obtain extremely high resolution records of climate/environmental change in lakes to help industry become compliant with the Northwest Territories Mine Site Reclamation Policy and to help indigenous groups better understand ecosystem health on their traditional lands.

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