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The Earth and Environmental Systems Institute

The Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI) brings together scientists from various disciplines to search for links between the Earth's physical processes and past and future global changes.

The center coordinates and conducts extensive research related to the global water cycle, biogeochemical cycles, Earth system history, and human impacts on the Earth System.

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Petrology and Volcanology

The Petrology and Volcanology group at Penn State (Feineman, Furman & LaFemina), explores the physical and chemical processes attendant to eruptive activity in a variety of tectonic settings, including active arcs, continental rifts and ocean islands.

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Chemistry and Physics of Rocks and Minerals

Several faculty in the Department of Geosciences work in the broad area of Physics and Chemistry of Rocks and Minerals. A primary focus is to unravel the mechanisms by which atomic-scale properties of Earth materials control large-scale geologic and geophysical processes.

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Environmental Geochemistry

Environmental geochemists at Penn State (Brantley, Heaney & Kubicki) investigate the kinetics and the atomic-scale mechanisms that govern mineral-fluid reactions at the Earth’s surface.

Examples of the kinds of problems that we study would include:

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Biogeochemistry

Biogeochemistry analyzes the interactions between life and the chemical cycles in the Earth system. This is an inherently multidisciplinary endeavor, as it integrates the biological, chemical, geological, and physical sciences.

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