Year end round up: The top 30 questions at the Earth and Planets Laboratory in 2021
Throughout 2021, we showcased stories from the six main research areas we explore at the Carnegie Earth and Planets Laboratory campus—from astrophysics to extreme materials—as a part of our “Closer Look” campaign. Each month we highlighted the big questions in the spotlighted research area, explored Carnegie history, updated you on projects, and introduced you to some of the scientists and staff who drive our work forward.
Below, we have collected all of the top questions that the scientists at the Earth and Planets Laboratory explored during this campaign. While these are certainly some of the main questions we address here on the EPL campus, in many ways they are just the tip of the iceberg. Beneath each question lies Carnegie’s deep history of scientific discovery and seemingly infinite paths of inquiry to explore in the future.
We encourage you to find a question below that interests you and start clicking!
Astronomy and Astrophysics
Cosmochemistry and Geochemistry
Petrology, Mineralogy, and Mineral Physics
Geophysics and Geodynamics
Astrobiology and Geobiology
Over the past year, we set out to show how broad and far-reaching the work of the Earth and Planets Laboratory is, but what we ended up discovering is just how collaborative our work is. Research from one area of study flows into or supports the research of another. Many questions like, “How do we find life on an exoplanet?” or “What causes Earth’s deepest earthquakes?” require scientists from a wide variety of disciplines to put their heads together. This type of work is only made possible by the Carnegie Institution for Science’s investment in building a research environment designed to cultivate free thought, open discussion, and scientific innovation.
As we look to the future, we can’t wait to see how we answer these questions—and what new questions are out there waiting for us to explore them.
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