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Department of Geoscience
As geologist Peg Rees heads to retirement, the 4,000 pounds of rocks she collected go to the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center.
A collection of recent news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.
How a vacation in South Africa, a one-of-its-kind UNLV lab, and pieces of volcanic glass smaller than a grain of salt changed a long-held view of human history.
Scientific analysis of diamond impurities - known as inclusions - reveal naturally forming ice crystals and point to water-rich regions deep below the Earth's crust.
UNLV research could help assess landing locations and excavation sites for NASA’s 2020 rover mission to Mars.
News-making student achievements include wins in national and international competitions; triumphs over personal adversity; and inventions and research with regional, national, global, and intergalactic impact.
UNLV researchers made international headlines this year with their discoveries. Here's a round up of some of our top stories of 2017.
UNLV geoscientists and students like undergraduate Amber Turner (left, with alumna Lisa Danielson) are studying our planet and others to understand the impacts humans are having on Earth and the possibilities of life beyond it.
UNLV Ph.D. candidate’s research in Russia challenges widely held understanding of past climate history; study appears in latest issue of top journal Nature Geoscience.
From professional reasons to personal connections, faculty across campus share why they’re fond of certain works they penned.
UNLV undergraduate and NASA intern Amber Turner shares her remarkable research journey, which may someday lead to human civilizations on other planets.
This economic geologist talks about being in a state where the mining industry thrives and about the difficulty of getting his 6-foot 4-inch frame into a running helicopter on rough ground.
The career of Lisa Danielson, the Graduate College Alumnua of the Year, took off like a rocket after UNLV.
“Inquiry: The Art of Scientific Discovery” shows the beauty of science and the artistic side of even the most lab-bound of scientists.
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Geoscience In The News
In August 2012, the Mars Science Laboratory’s rover Curiosity landed at the base of Gale crater, a 5-kilometer-high mountain that formed when a meteor hit Mars billions of years ago. Using its 2-meter-long arm to drill into the planet’s surface, Curiosity scooped up and analyzed rock and soil samples, including some light-colored, crystal-studded rocks surprisingly similar to the ancient granitic rock that forms much of Earth’s continental crust.
In a lab at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, researchers from UNLV are combing over fossils from a Columbian mammoth that was a real stand-up guy.
Six million visitors travel to Arizona every year to see the Grand Canyon. The majority will explore it from the scenic overlooks along the South Rim. A much smaller group of intrepid hikers will make the journey to the canyon floor near Supai, the most remote Native American reservation in the continental United States.
For all this week, we are focusing on women who have unique and inspiring jobs. Yesterday, you met a captain from the Clark Country Fire Department. Today, we are introducing you to a scientist whose work will reach all the way to Mars.
Imagine solving prehistoric mysteries by sifting through the ashes of ancient volcanoes.
Assistant Professor-in-Residence, Geoscience
A Nevada leader in paleontology research.
Lachniet is an expert in paleoclimatology, quaternary geology, climate change and stable isotope geochemistry.
Associate Professor of Geoscience