Earth Exploration

Understanding our planet & responsibly developing its resources

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Earth Exploration: Focus Areas

Earth is more than our home — its natural resources are critical to every aspect of human life. Mines researchers are building our understanding of the earth’s structure, natural processes, and changing environments. We are using our knowledge to better predict and mitigate natural hazards, understand environmental cycles, address climate change, locate new reserves of critical resources, and develop methods of accessing these natural resources in a way that minimizes our impact on the planet. Explore our Earth research by focus area:

Exploring the Subsurface through Modeling & Mapping

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Exploring the Subsurface through Modeling & Mapping

Developing techniques to characterize and explore the earth’s subsurface.

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Advanced Resource Extraction, Production, & Processing

Utilizing Mines’ expertise across petroleum and mining to find and access new resources in a sustainable way.

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Advanced Resource Extraction, Production, & Processing

Earth & Planetary Processes

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Earth & Planetary Processes

Building our understanding of Earth’s evolving systems and processes, and leveraging that knowledge to benefit society.

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Managing Earth's Water Resources

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Managing Earth's Water Resources

Engineering Solutions for a Safer Planet

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Engineering Solutions for a Safer Planet

Applying Earth science principles to support the built environment and design safer structures.

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Underground Infrastructure Development

Analyzing, designing, building, and monitoring underground infrastructure.

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Underground Infrastructure Development

Technology Critical Materials & Supply Chains

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Technology Critical Materials & Supply Chains

Developing strategies to ensure access and manage supply of technology- and energy-critical minerals and metals.

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Natural Resource Geopolitics & Economics

Studying the geopolitical and economic factors that shape natural resource development and management.

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Natural Resource Geopolitics & Economics