About Us

At the Earth and Planets Laboratory, we work at the frontier of human knowledge. We discover new worlds, create new materials, illuminate the inner workings of our planet, and seek to understand the universe that is our home. In 2020 we merged the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism (est.1904) and the Geophysical Lab (est.1905) to create a new multidisciplinary department. By combining a century of scientific trailblazing, we are better suited than ever to collaborate, discover, and innovate.

Upcoming Events

 Ascent rates and volatiles of explosive basaltic volcanism
Anna Barth, University of California, Berkeley (Seminar)
Monday, September 20, 2021 - 11:00

How to change the freezing point of water and other curiosities from between the anvils
Dr. Timothy Strobel (Carnegie Institution for Science) (Neighborhood Lecture Series)
Tuesday, September 28, 2021 - 18:30

What makes a planet habitable?
Dr. Anat Shahar (Carnegie Institution for Science) (Neighborhood Lecture Series)
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - 18:30

Latest articles and news

Carnegie’s Shahar Honored By American Geophysical Union

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Carnegie geochemist Anat Shahar, who probes the formation, evolution, and interior dynamics of Earth and other rocky planets, has been selected to give the Reginald Daly Lecture at the American Geophysical Union’s annual Fall Meeting in December.

How does an artist end up writing software for Carnegie’s Magellan Telescope?

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A behind-the-scenes spotlight with astronomical software developer Bryné Hadnott. 

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Earth and Planets Laboratory scientists regularly explore our planet and the universe. Along the way they capture images of stunning landscapes, geophysical processes and data visualizations.

Browse our online image gallery to share in the journey of scientific exploration and discovery.

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