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Meet the Students

Final year students ©Sedgwick Club
So why do people choose to study Earth Sciences within Natural Sciences in the first year, and why do so many of them carry it on to specialise in the subject in later years? In these pages, some students from the Department explain why they chose these courses, and describe some of what they do and what they enjoy.

You'll see that many students didn't come to Cambridge with the idea of studying the Earth. They were attracted into this field because they found the subjects we teach interesting and challenging, and the Department welcoming and friendly.

     The Sedgwick Club in 1900 


The Sedgwick Club is the student geological society and organises garden parties, an annual weekend trip away to an undisclosed surprise destination, weekly talks and much more. Many students participate in this lively social hub.




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An international team of scientists is traveling to the islands of Papua New Guinea this September to study degassing from active volcanoes in remote jungles there. Some of these volcanoes are among the most active on Earth, ejecting a significant proportion of global volcanic gases into the atmosphere.

Mistaken Point - Canada's 10th geological World Heritage Site

Aug 02, 2016

The ancient rugged coastline of Mistaken Point on Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula face the winds and waves of the Atlantic Ocean. It can be a difficult place to work, but nevertheless it has been a mecca for geologists for over several decades now.

An underestimated Kevan

Jul 21, 2016

Douglas Palmer on the Sedgwick Museum’s giant Pliosaurus cf. kevani in the latest edition of Geoscientist

Oesia – a new tube worm from deep Cambrian times

Jul 21, 2016

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