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Geology


What drives the Earth’s water, tectonic, and climate systems? How have Earth’s life forms and environments changed over time? And how are humans affecting Earth systems today?

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Understand Your World

Get out of the classroom

Study geology in the field, from local streams and rock outcrops to destinations such as Death Valley, the Grand Canyon, and Canyonlands National Parks. Study glaciers in Norway, volcanoes in Japan, rivers in China, beaches in Australia, and mountains in New Zealand during semesters abroad.

Unearth the past

Southern Wisconsin was once covered by a tropical, shallow sea teeming with trilobites. Explore the rock record to understand how fossilized organisms evolved and why they went extinct.

Apply your skills to the water, climate, and energy challenges facing our society

Prepare for a career in the geosciences by designing a sustainable rain garden to reduce storm water runoff, comparing climate reconstructions in the Eocene to changes observed today, and learning about the environmental impacts of our dependence on non-renewable resources.

Students experiment with the Geology Department Stream Table
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Students experiment with the Geology Department Stream Table

Professor Sue Swanson describes to the class what is happening during an experiment on the Stream Table.
Andy Rich

Andy Rich ‘20 Investigates Taphonomy and Biodiversity of Fish Fossils from the Middle Devonian Milwaukee Formation

Andy Rich ’20 seeks to fill in the knowledge gap around the poorly exposed Milwaukee Formation by analyzing the taphonomic and taxonomic features of the fish fauna curated in the museum collections.

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Nico Enciso ’19

Nico Enciso ’19 uses PXRF to Study of the K-Metasomatism in the Bachelor Paleochannel, Creede Colorado

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