Meteorites key to the story of Earth's layers

Zircons in a rare meteorite sample show that the Earth's crust solidified as early as 4.5 billion years ago

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Staff vs. student cricket match

The inaugural student v. staff challenge took place on March 20th on a remarkable autumn day.

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Congratulations Rachel Kirby

Rachel Kirby,one of our talented young PhD candidates, has received the 2014 Janet Elspeth Crawford Prize. This prize is given to the top female student graduating from science in Honours at ANU.

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Small eddies produce global effects on climate change

The increasing strength of winds over the Southern Ocean has extended its ability to absorb carbon dioxide, effectively delaying the impacts of global warming.

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Earth's core structure

Aided by the seismic waves from earthquakes, scientists now believe that deep within the Earth's inner core sits yet another even deeper innermost shell, containing iron crystals aligned in a different direction.

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Copper-Gold deposits linked to gas-solid reactions and salts

The research is part of a series of new international studies on how copper forms, published in Nature Geoscience

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

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Research stories

Unraveling the "Toorale Man" murder mystery

Dr Rachel Wood and Dr Stewart Fallon from RSES are part of a team of scholars from several institutions across Australia that are helping to solve the history and mystery of Australia’s “Toorale Man”.

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Human hands are all over Australia's hottest ever year

In 2013, heat records fell like dominoes.

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Scientists find ancient mountains that fed early life

Scientists find ancient mountains that fed early life

Scientists have found evidence for a huge mountain range that sustained an explosion of life on Earth 600 million years ago.

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Seising up the competition

Malcolm Sambridge and the Seismometers in Schools (AusSIS) team won the education category of the 2013 Innovation Challenge.

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Martian minerals made by microbes?

Discovery of microbe-made stevensite on Earth raises questions about minerals found on Mars.

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Research at RSES

Research at RSES

The Research School of Earth Sciences in The Australian National University is Australia’s leading academic research institution in the earth sciences and consistently very highly ranked internationally.

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