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Ancient sea-levels give new clues on ice ages

International researchers, led by Professor Eelco Rohling from RSES, have developed a new way to determine sea-level changes and deep-sea temperature variability over the past 5.3 million years.

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Ocean seesaw that ended an ice age

New research from the RSES radiocarbon laboratory has shown how carbon dioxide moved from the deep ocean to the atmosphere to help end the last ice age.

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Unearthed Autumn 2014

The Autumn 2014 issue of our Unearthed newsletter is now available.

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Academics honoured for research

Two RSES academics have been honoured by the Australian Academy of Science for lifetime achievements in scientific excellence.

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A precious Antarctic window to the mantle

Geologists have discovered the first Antarctic kimberlite, an innocuous-looking volcanic rock precious to scientists and jewelers alike.

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Sea-level rise fast by natural standards

Sea-level rise since the industrial revolution has been fast by natural standards and may reach 80 cm above today’s sea-level by the year 2100 and 2.5 m by 2200 even without development of unexpected processes, according to new research.

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Welcome to the Research School of Earth Sciences

Planet Earth is an amazing place - it is constantly moving and its surface is always changing. At the centre of the Earth, temperatures are as high as they are on the surface of the Sun. Over billions of years, this has caused continents to drift apart and oceans to open and close. The study of Earth and marine sciences is fundamental to our understanding of the precious balance of life on Earth and how the Solar System in which we live was formed.

Our focus is on both earth processes and environmental science. The Research School of Earth Sciences has many world leading researchers in the Earth Sciences and offers undergraduate and graduate courses, as well as Higher Degree Research opportunities.

Earth Science profiles

Claire Thompson

PhD candidate
"Phytoplankton have been labelled the Goldie Locks organisms when it comes to copper. The concentration of the metal have to be just right."

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