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Why Study Earth Sciences?

Our planet is always in the news, and so it should be: our lives are intricately linked to the behaviour of our natural environment and the resources that it grants us.

How can one volcano in Iceland ground flights across Europe? What can ice-cores tell us about future climate change? What will happen if we store nuclear waste underground? How can we obtain precious metals required for technology with minimal impact on our planet? Are we any closer to predicting when devastating earthquakes will occur? Is geothermal energy the solution to a carbon-zero world? How will the biological world respond to changes in its physical environment? How real is the threat from large meteorite impacts?

Earth Sciences integrates Physics, Chemistry, and Biology, in the natural laboratory of our planet, drawing upon evidence from over four billion years of Earth’s history. The study of Earth Sciences at Cambridge, as part of Natural Sciences, provides vital insights into how our planet works. It is naturally a multi-disciplinary subject, drawing together a diverse range of research areas, which includes: climate change, Earth-ocean-atmosphere systems, geochemistry, palaeobiology, mineral sciences, petrology, volcanology, tectonics, geophysics, and Earth history.

Watch the video below for an overview of studying Earth Sciences at Cambridge:

Why choose 1A Earth Sciences?

Earth Sciences taster lecture—a climate story

Introduction to Earth Sciences