Studying the earth to make a difference

The Geology Department at Earlham College is committed to understanding and examining the Earth and its environments. We study issues as diverse as mountain building, soil degradation, coastal morphology and resource exploitation. Geology students and faculty work together on problems of mineral, energy and water resources; and on geological hazards such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis. These modern-day phenomena are part of discussions as vast as Earth’s history and the saga of early life. Students develop the tools and thinking skills to lead them through a lifetime of learning about and changing the world in which we live.

Geology Earlhamites in Action

Adam Simon
Asteroid mining not so far off

Geology major Adam Simon ’15 says it’s not unreasonable to think that rare earth materials will be mined from asteroids in 20 years, and he wants to be part of that process.

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Lyndsey Tu
Exploring geological history

The rich geological history of Richmond, Indiana, has provided the perfect environment for Lyndsey Tu ’14 to pursue her love for geology and her service work in the Richmond community. Tu transferred to Earlham as a sophomore, drawn to the academic and social community on campus.

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Tamru Taye
Field Labs and Soccer Fields

Within a two-week span, Tamru Taye ’14 presented research at a national geography conference and attacked the midfield during Earlham's men’s soccer conference tournament match.

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Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts, including the sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

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801 National Road West
Richmond, Indiana
47374-4095
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