Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

The global ocean out of balance

Published: 10Nov2021

Surprising as it sounds, all life forms in the ocean, from small krill to large tuna, seem to obey a simple mathematical law that links an organism’s abundance to its body size. For example,...

Diet restricted size of hunter-gatherer societies

Published: 8Nov2021

Short growing seasons limited the possible size of hunter-gatherer societies by forcing people to rely on meat, according to a recent study by a team of international researchers, including McGill...

Hidden magma pools pose eruption risks that we can’t yet detect

Published: 31May2021

Scientists’ ability to estimate eruption risks is largely reliant on knowing where pools of magma are stored, deep in the Earth’s crust. But what happens if the magma can’t be spotted?

Sea level rise: rapid and unstoppable unless Paris Agreement targets met

Published: 5May2021

Image Caption: The Mackenzie River Delta on the Beaufort Sea, a low-lying region in the Canadian Arctic that is vulnerable to rising seas in a warming climate. CREDIT: Nadia and Harold Gomez

Experts: Earth Day | April 22

Published: 20Apr2021

Earth Day, celebrated annually on 22 April, will again see more than 1 billion people participating in activities around the world to draw attention to the urgency of the climate crisis and...

Experts: Mars 2020’s Perseverance landing in Jezero Crater

Published: 19Feb2021

NASA’s science rover Perseverance, the most advanced astrobiology laboratory ever sent to another world, streaked through the Martian atmosphere on Thursday, February 18 and landed safely on the...

What will be the next big things in astronomy?

Published: 30May2019

It’s been an exciting time for astronomy lovers in the past few years: the first black hole picture amazed, many exoplanets have been discovered, gravitational waves were observed for the first...

McGill receives $5-million gift from noted Canadian geologist Bob Wares

Published: 26Sep2018

As an entrepreneurial geologist, Bob Wares, (BSc’79, DSc’12), became a mining rock star when he discovered one of Canada’s largest gold deposits in the Abitibi region of Quebec. Now, he is bringing...

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