Earth scientists use techniques from biology, chemistry and physics to investigate all aspects of the Earth, including how its surface environments have changed over time and the origin and evolution of life. 

The unifying theory of plate tectonics links the deepest workings of the inner Earth to volcanism, earthquakes, mountain building and the formation of mineral, water and energy resources. We apply some earth science methods to investigate planetary origins and the solar system.

Our researchers work to improve understanding of the Australian continent and collaborate with governments, NGOs, private companies and local communities to unravel modern and ancient changes in climate and the carbon cycle, safeguard precious water resources, and improve our understanding of energy and mineral resources that are essential for transitioning to a low-carbon economy and a sustainable future society. 

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