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Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences

The Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences has a great diversity of programs and intersecting disciplines, with faculty and students studying in fields such as Tectonics, Geophysics, Atmospheric Dynamics and Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Biogeochemistry, Climate Change, Severe Weather, Planetary Sciences, Astrobiology, Data Science, and many other areas. We are committed to strategic initiatives in Diversity and Inclusion, Education, Interconnections between the Earth’s interior and surface, climate and sustainability, planetary exploration and spacecraft missions, and the development of emerging fields of study.

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The Winter Olympics and the true cost of fake snow dominating our slopes: ‘It’s more dangerous now’

The Beijing Olympics is not the first winter games to use fake snow which has received a mixed response from athletes and ski enthusiasts. This article from The Independent weighs in on whether the slopes are more dangerous for athletes due to the fake snow. Dr. Daniel Cziczo, Purdue EAPS professor and head, is cited in this article.

Perseverance’s first year on Mars: Purdue professor, mission team member looks at what is ahead

Almost one year into the Mars rover mission, accomplishing its goal is on the horizon for Purdue University’s Briony Horgan and the Perseverance team. Feb. 18 will mark one year since the rover landed on the red planet following a seven-month, 300-million-mile flight across space. Horgan, associate professor of planetary science in the Purdue College of Science’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, said anticipation is building as the team focuses on the mission goal: researching a now-dry large river delta.

Mysterious purple coating found on Mars rocks

Red dust paints Mars in ruddy hues, from the surface to the skies. But NASA's Perseverance rover has spotted swaths of another color among the rusty shades. At nearly every site the robotic geologist visits, the Martian palate includes purple. Bradley Garczynski of Purdue EAPS are mentioned is cited in this article by National Geographic.

Major multidisciplinary research partnership with Peruvian university begins third phase

A delegation from the Universidad Nacional de San Agustín (UNSA) in Arequipa, Peru, visited Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus in October to begin the third phase of a major multidisciplinary research partnership. While here, they visited labs across campus including the Stable Isotope Lab and met with EAPS professors Tim Filley, (adjunct), Lisa Welp, and Greg Michalski.

Moons of Mars: New theory for their past and future

As soon as the moons of Mars were discovered by the American astronomer Asaph Hall in 1877, scientific curiosity went into overdrive to answer the age-old question that drives children and scientists alike: Why? Researchers have long asked: Why are they there, and how did they form? We’re exploring those angles plus another aspect: Where are they heading? Dr. David Minton, Purdue EAPS professor, reports about Mars moons on Medium.

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