Virginia Tech's Department of Geosciences focuses on research, education, and outreach dealing with the nature of the earth. Our students and faculty investigate earth processes at scales that range from atomic to planetary. Our undergraduate program offers B.S. degrees with Geology, Geochemistry, Geophysics, and Earth Sciences Education options and our graduate program offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in one of our many research areas. Our department also operates the Museum of Geosciences, open to the public and located in 2062 Derring Hall.

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  • The 2015 landslide and tsunami in Taan Fiord, Alaska 

    Higman, Bretwood; Shugar, Dan H.; Stark, Colin P.; Ekstrom, Goran; Koppes, Michele N.; Lynett, Patrick; Dufresne, Anja; Haeussler, Peter J.; Geertsema, Marten; Gulick, Sean; Mattox, Andrew; Venditti, Jeremy G.; Walton, Maureen A. L.; McCall, Naoma; Mckittrick, Erin; MacInnes, Breanyn; Bilderback, Eric L.; Tang, Hui; Willis, Michael J.; Richmond, Bruce; Reece, Robert S.; Larsen, Chris; Olson, Bjorn; Capra, James; Ayca, Aykut; Bloom, Colin; Williams, Haley; Bonno, Doug; Weiss, Robert; Keen, Adam; Skanavis, Vassilios; Loso, Michael (Springer Nature, 2018-09-06)
    Glacial retreat in recent decades has exposed unstable slopes and allowed deep water to extend beneath some of those slopes. Slope failure at the terminus of Tyndall Glacier on 17 October 2015 sent 180 million tons of rock ...
  • Sulphur and carbon cycling in the subduction zone melange 

    Schwarzenbach, Esther M.; Caddick, Mark J.; Petroff, Matthew; Gill, Benjamin C.; Cooperdock, Emily H. G.; Barnes, Jaime D. (Springer Nature, 2018-10-19)
    Subduction zones impose an important control on the geochemical cycling between the surficial and internal reservoirs of the Earth. Sulphur and carbon are transferred into Earth's mantle by subduction of pelagic sediments ...
  • Drilling Predation on Serpulid Polychaetes (Ditrupa arietina) from the Pliocene of the Cope Basin, Murcia Region, Southeastern Spain 

    Martinell, Jordi; Kowalewski, Michal; Domenech, Rosa (PLOS, 2012-04-05)
    We report quantitative analyses of drilling predation on the free-living, tube-dwelling serpulid polychaete Ditrupa arietina from the Cope Cabo marine succession (Pliocene, Spain). Tubes of D. arietina are abundant in the ...
  • Low Concentrations of Silver Nanoparticles in Biosolids Cause Adverse Ecosystem Responses under Realistic Field Scenario 

    Colman, Benjamin P.; Arnaout, Christina L.; Anciaux, Sarah; Gunsch, Claudia K.; Hochella, Michael F., Jr.; Kim, Bojeong; Lowry, Gregory V.; McGill, Bonnie M.; Reinsch, Brian C.; Richardson, Curtis J.; Unrine, Jason M.; Wright, Justin P.; Yin, Liyan; Bernhardt, Emily S. (PLOS, 2013-02-27)
    A large fraction of engineered nanomaterials in consumer and commercial products will reach natural ecosystems. To date, research on the biological impacts of environmental nanomaterial exposures has largely focused on ...
  • Discovery and ramifications of incidental Magnéli phase generation and release from industrial coal-burning 

    Yang, Yi; Chen, Bo; Hower, James C.; Schindler, Michael; Winkler, Christopher; Brandt, Jessica E.; Di Giulio, Richard T.; Ge, Jianping; Liu, Min; Fu, Yuhao; Zhang, Lijun; Chen, Yu-ru; Priya, Shashank; Hochella, Michael F. (Nature Publishing Group, 2017-01-12)
    Coal, as one of the most economic and abundant energy sources, remains the leading fuel for producing electricity worldwide. Yet, burning coal produces more global warming CO2 relative to all other fossil fuels, and it is ...
  • The TECHtonic, Spring 2018 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech, 2018)
    This is the newsletter for the Department of Geosciences, published twice annually.
  • A modest 0.5-m rise in sea level will double the tsunami hazard in Macau 

    Li, Linlin; Switzer, Adam D.; Wang, Yu; Chan, Chung-Han; Qiu, Qiang; Weiss, Robert (AAAS, 2018-08-15)
    Rising sea levels will have overwhelmingly negative impacts on coastal communities globally. With previous research focused on how sea-level rise (SLR) affects storm-induced flooding, we show that SLR will also increase ...
  • Late Ediacaran trackways produced by bilaterian animals with paired appendages 

    Chen, Zhe; Chen, Xiang; Zhou, Chuanming; Yuan, Xunlai; Xiao, Shuhai (AAAS, 2018-06-06)
    Ediacaran trace fossils provide key paleontological evidence for the evolution of early animals and their behaviors. Thus far, however, this fossil record has been limited to simple surface trails and relatively shallow ...
  • A Geodetic Strain Rate Model for the East African Rift System 

    Stamps, D.S.; Saria, E.; Kreemer, C. (Nature, 2018-01-15)
    Here we describe the new Sub-Saharan Africa Geodetic Strain Rate Model v.1.0 (SSA-GSRM v.1.0), which provides fundamental constraints on long-term tectonic deformation in the region and an improved seismic hazards assessment ...
  • Geosciences Magazine, Winter 2007 

    Hochella, Mike; Department of Geosciences (Virginia Tech, 2007)
    The Winter 2007 magazine from the Department of Geosciences.
  • Geosciences Magazine, Winter 2006 

    Hochella, Mike; Department of Geosciences (Virginia Tech, 2006)
    The Winter 2006 magazine from the Department of Geosciences.
  • Geosciences Newsletter, April 2015 

    Department of Geosciences (Virginia Tech, 2015-04)
    The April 2015 newsletter from the Department of Geosciences.
  • Geosciences Newsletter, March 2015 

    Department of Geosciences (Virginia Tech, 2015-03)
    The March 2015 newsletter from the Department of Geosciences.
  • Geosciences Magazine, Spring 2005 

    Hochella, Mike; Department of Geosciences (Virginia Tech, 2005)
    The Spring 2005 magazine from the Department of Geosciences.
  • Geosciences Magazine, Summer 2006 

    Hochella, Mike; Department of Geosciences (Virginia Tech, 2006)
    The Summer 2006 magazine from the Department of Geosciences.
  • Geosciences Newsletter, May 2015 

    Department of Geosciences (Virginia Tech, 2015-05)
    The May 2015 newsletter from the Department of Geosciences.
  • Geosciences Newsletter, Spring 2004 

    Department of Geosciences (Virginia Tech, 2004)
    The Spring 2004 newsletter from the Department of Geosciences.
  • Geological Sciences Newsletter, Spring 2003 

    Department of Geosciences (Virginia Tech, 2003)
    The Spring 2003 newsletter from the Department of Geosciences.
  • Geosciences Newsletter, January 2015 

    Department of Geosciences (Virginia Tech, 2015-01)
    The January 2015 newsletter from the Department of Geosciences.
  • Geosciences Weekly Newsletter #12, Fall 2014 

    Guevara, Victor; Department of Geosciences (Virginia Tech, 2014-11-17)
    Weekly newsletter #12, Fall 2014, from the Department of Geosciences.

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