Studying the earth to make a difference

The Geology Department at Earlham College is committed to understanding and examining the Earth and its environments. We study issues as diverse as mountain building, soil degradation, coastal morphology and resource exploitation. Geology students and faculty work together on problems of mineral, energy and water resources; and on geological hazards such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis. These modern-day phenomena are part of discussions as vast as Earth’s history and the saga of early life. Students develop the tools and thinking skills to lead them through a lifetime of learning about and changing the world in which we live.

Geology Earlhamites in Action

Ken Edgett
Martian Man

Ken Edgett ’87 is a senior research scientist at Malin Space Science Systems and the principal investigator for the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity, which touched down on the Red Planet on Aug. 6, 2012.

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Katherine Sorrows
Place-Based Education

Geology major Katherine Sorrows ’17 says she sets her ambition toward anything that catches her interest. During her first year at Earlham, several things have caught her interest.

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Alvaro Puente
Rock Solid

Alvaro Puente ’11,has put both Geology and Physics into practice as a staff geologist for Geologic Services & Consultants, Inc., an environmental geology consulting company located in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts, including the sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

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