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Why study Earth Sciences?

Our planet is always in the news. It should be: our lives are closely affected by our environment's behaviour and resources.  Are we threatened by large meterorite impacts?  How will changes in global economy affect the world's economy?  What happens if we store nuclear waste in the underground? How does the biological world respond to changes in physical surroundings?

Earth Sciences is a science integrating Physics, Chemistry and Biology, with evidence from billions of years of Earth history. The study of Earth Sciences at Cambridge, as part of the Natural Sciences Tripos, provides vital insights into how our planet works.  Earth Sciences is naturally multi-disciplinary and draws together areas of research as diverse as climate change, Earth-ocean atmosphere systems, mineral sciences, palaeobiology, petrology, volcanology, tectonics, geochemsitry and Earth history.

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