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Earth & Environment

Earth Sciences

Earth Science or Geoscience is the all-embracing term for all disciplines that study our planet, including amongst other the study of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, oceans and biosphere, as well as the solid earth. Studying Earth cannot be done without studying the other natural sciences like physics, chemistry and biology.

"We travel together, passengers on a little space ship, dependent on its vulnerable reserves of air and soil" - Adlai Stevenson, 1965.

There is but one planet we presently know to support life. It is the earth we live on. Man mastered fire and tools, and became the world's top-predator. We went forth and multiplied, settling in the most remote and uninhabitable parts of our planet. We adapted to the environment or adapted the environment to ourselves. But at the end of the day, there is but one Earth. Once a plentyful garden of Eden, we now start to wonder: are there limits to growth?

The impact of humans on earth is undeniable and something to be proud of. But if we are to survive here for millennia more, also something to reckon with. Earth provides still plentyful to us, but to preserve that, we need to understand earth, how we depend on her and the impacts we can have on her.

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Geologic Projects