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The study of the deep interior of the Earth provides knowledge of its physical and chemical state and internal structure. Heat and dynamic convection within the Earth’s core and mantle drive plate tectonics, which creates continents, oceans, mountain ranges, sedimentary basins, and triggers volcanism and earthquakes. Ultimately, processes in the deep Earth have controlled the origin and evolution of life and the distribution of critical elements and resources.

Focus areas

To study and teach deep Earth processes we

  • carry out field work (Greenland, the Alps, Norway etc.)
  • analyze rocks and minerals using geochemical methods (element and isotope analysis)
  • constrain the deep structure through geophysical remote sensing using gravity, heat flow and wavefields. 

The understanding of deep Earth processes is applied to address global challenges of climate change (carbon storage), resource supply, and sustainable energy (geothermal energy).