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What is Geoscience?

Geoscience encompasses all aspects of the Earth and its interactions with the atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere. Geologists are interested in processes on and within the Earth, interpreting its history and the distribution of mineral and energy resources. Geophysicists study the physics of Earth processes and the development and use of physical methods to solve geoscientific problems. Hydrogeologists focus on the flow and interactions of fluids and chemical compounds, such as contaminants, beneath the ground surface. The expertise of these Earth scientists is required by government and private agencies concerned with agriculture and forestry, water supply and hydro-electric power, civil engineering, waste disposal and contaminated site remediation, and sustainable development of natural resources.

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Of the over 1,000 students who participated in the fair, 13 finalists will move on to attend the Canada-wide Science Fair, held in Fredericton, New Brunswick from May 10-17, 2015. Read the UToday Article here. 


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Our Vision

Our vision is an improved understanding of Earth systems through innovative and impactful geoscience research, interdisciplinary learning and discovery, empowered and inspired teaching, and effective communication that not only raises our profile as a geoscience centre of excellence, but also creates a brighter future for our world.

Mission Statement

Through innovative Earth science research, with a focus on energy and environmental applications, and a supportive learning and teaching environment, we equip students, staff and faculty to succeed.  Everyone contributes to realizing our vision of a brighter future for the world through scientific discovery to commercial ready solutions, as well as teaching and outreach. We promote excellence of people and processes, through critical thinking, constructive discourse, and active research to increase our reputation and ranking to a top-100 international Earth science department. 

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