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 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.
Ken Edgett ’87 is a senior research scientist at Malin Space Science Systems and the principal investigator for the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity, which touched down on the Red Planet on Aug. 6, 2012.
Alvaro Puente ’11,has put both Geology and Physics into practice as a staff geologist for Geologic Services & Consultants, Inc., an environmental geology consulting company located in Colorado Springs, Colorado.