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Penn State Astrobiology Research Center

Astrobiology Research

The Penn State Astrobiology Research Center (PSARC) was created in 1998 as one of eleven member institutions of the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI). Its primary missions are to promote, conduct, and lead integrated multidisciplinary research, to train scientists, and to provide public access to the new field of astrobiology.

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The Earth and Environmental Systems Institute

EESI

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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Center for Geomechanics, Geofluids, and Geohazards

Center for Geomechanics, Geofluids, and Geohazards

The Center for Geomechanics, Geofluids, and Geohazards (G3) crosses departmental boundaries and integrates current activities in rock and fluid physics.

Earthquake nucleation and recurrence, the triggering and timing of volcanic eruptions, the dynamics of ice sheets, the fate and transport of contaminants in groundwater, and the generation of submarine landslides are all influenced by the interaction of rocks and fluids.

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AfricaArray

Africa Array

AfricaArray is a long-term (20 years) initiative to promote, in the full spirit of NEPAD (New Partnership for Africa's Development), coupled training and research programs for building and maintaining a scientific workforce for Africa’s natural resource sector. Africa’s natural resource sector (petroleum, minerals, and water, in particular) is a major driving force for economic development.

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Appalachian Basin Black Shale Group

Appalachian Basin Black Shale Map

The Appalachian Basin Black Shale Group (ABBSG) is a program devoted to the investigation of the properties, microstructure, geochemistry, sedimentology and stratigraphy of the Marcellus Formation and Utica Shale across Pennsylvania, West Virginia and New York.

Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory

Shale Hills Critical Zone Researcher

The Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory is a forested, small, temperate-climate catchment in central Pennsylvania in which the regolith is developing upon homogeneous shale.

The purpose of the observatory and associated interdisciplinary research is to quantitatively predict the creation, evolution, and structure of regolith as a function of the geochemical, hydrologic, biologic, and geomorphologic processes operating in a temperate, forested landscape.

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