Department of Geology
USU GEOLOGY in the News
THE GUARDIAN: Extra Layer of Tectonic Plates Discovered within Earth's Mantle, Scientists Say
Preliminary findings by a research team including a USU geologist Ravi Kanda suggest that a mysterious series of earthquakes in the Pacific could be down to previously undetected plates.
The Department of Geology at Utah State University focuses on research and education on a diversity of topics, but maintains a strong tradition of field-oriented instruction and research. Follow this link to see the Department's Mission Statement.
Visit these pages to learn more about our people, degree programs, research, and opportunities for education and research collaboration. Drop us a line, and check us out on facebook!
What Is Geology?
Geology is the study of Earth, the materials of which it is made, the processes acting upon it, the products and landscapes formed by those processes, and the history of Earth and its life forms. Geoscience is used in the discovery of economic minerals, fossil fuels, and ground-water resources, and to identify geologic hazards. Thus, geologists have a role in water research, environmental studies, engineering projects, land management, and education, as well as the traditional areas of oil, gas, and mineral exploration and development.