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Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of Florida

Our Mission

The Department of Geological Sciences aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of Earth and planetary materials and processes, train students who will excel in the geoscience workforce, and create sustainable solutions to Earth-related societal needs. These aims are critical for all of society’s institutions, and life in general, as non-renewable resources (hydrocarbons, metals) are depleted, renewable resources (water, soils) are increasingly contaminated, global environmental change threatens our current standard of living, and geological hazards become increasingly costly and deadly as populations grow.

Successfully addressing such issues requires a clear understanding of the evolution of the Earth system and the natural forces that have influenced it over deep time, and how those processes operate in the modern Earth.

Explore our website to find out more about our innovative research programs, dynamic degree programs and vibrant community.

FIeld Camp 2013
Photo credits: Mike Davlantes.