Earth was barren, mountainless and almost entirely under water 4.4 billion years ago

"Our research indicates there were no mountains and continental collisions during Earth's first 700 million years or more of existence - it was a much more quiet and dull place."

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Scientists discover how world's biggest volcanoes formed

A study led by RSES-ANU scientists has solved the 168-year-old mystery of how the world's biggest and most active volcanoes formed in Hawaii.

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RSES hosts mini conference on Himalayan Ranges

RSES has hosted a workshop on the evolution of the Himalayan mountain belt.

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We need to get rid of carbon in the atmosphere, not just reduce emissions

Getting climate change under control is a formidable, multifaceted challenge. Read more in this article by Eelco Rohling for The Conversation.

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Developing Partnerships

The Research School of Earth Sciences (RSES,ANU) and the School of Earth and Space Sciences (SESS Peking University) recently signed an agreement to encourage greater collaboration between staff and students.

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Bake Your PhD Success

Our Bake Your PhD competition was a great success, but don’t just take our word for it. Read about it in the words of others!

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ANU Hidden Gems: Have you seen this huge globe?

If someone told you that stored in the basement of an ANU building was a large globe the size of a smart car, you probably wouldn't be surprised. It is ANU, after all.

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Staff vs Student Lawn Bowls

The Research School of Earth Sciences has a long history of pitching the staff against the students in a biannual sporting competition.

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Welcome to the Research School of Earth Sciences

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 and offers undergraduate and graduate courses, as well as Higher Degree Research opportunities.

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Research stories

Coral Reef Field Studies

Research-led education on One Tree Island

As we welcome students back for the start of semester, take a look at our students participating in the Coral Reef Field Studies course that we run each summer on One Tree Island.

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Extraordinary animation reveals ocean’s role in El Niños

Extraordinary animation reveals ocean’s role in El Niños

Australian researchers from the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science have produced a remarkable high-resolution animation of the largest El Niño ever

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3D printed fish fossil may reveal origin of human teeth

Yuzhi Hu: 3D printed fish fossil may reveal origin of human teeth

Three-dimensional prints of a 400 million year old fish fossil from around Lake Burrinjuck in southeast Australia reveal the possible evolutionary origins of human teeth.

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Humans have caused climate change for 180 years

Humans have caused climate change for 180 years

An international research project has found human activity has been causing global warming for almost two centuries, proving human-induced climate change is not just a 20th century phenomenon.

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What happened to Lake George?

Patrick De Deckker talks to ABC's Curious Canberra about why Lake George is now completely dry. Listen to the report here.

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Digging deep for better geology education

Digging deep for a better geology education

Thank you to Penny King and all of the contributors to the 2016 AUGEN conference that was hosted by RSES.

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