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In the ETH News


Plate tectonics thanks to plumes?

It is common knowledge that the Earth's rigid upper layer called lithosphere is composed of moving plates. But just what mechanism first set plate tectonics into motion still remains a mystery. A team of researchers led by ETH professor Taras Gerya has now come up with one possible answer by using simulations. Read more 


Treasures from the deep

People are going to ever greater depths to find workable ore deposits. ETH geologist Christoph Heinrich conducts research into how to find these. Read more 


Earthquakes – a serious hazard for Switzerland

After ten years of intensive research, the Swiss Seismological Service (SED) at ETH Zurich has created an updated seismic hazard model, which confirms that earthquakes are a serious hazard for Switzerland. Read more 


“An extra expenditure that paid off!”

Ten years ago, ETH Zurich began collaborating with TU Delft and RWTH Aachen on a trinational Joint Master Programme in Applied Geophysics. We asked Professor of Geophysics Hansruedi Maurer what ETH Zurich has learned from the pioneering project. Read more 


Some like it even hotter

Scientists in Iceland have drilled into a reservoir of extremely hot water that has the potential to greatly expand geothermal electricity output. Now ETH geoscientists have for the first time been able to produce a realistic simulation of how such reservoirs are created. They predict that these natural phenomena are widespread in volcanic areas. Read more 

Department News


The countdown to the quest for gravitational waves is on

Some 100 years ago, Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves in his general theory of relativity. In spite of intense efforts, experimental proof of these waves has so far eluded scientists. The LISA Pathfinder space probe from the European Space Agency ESA aims to change this – with the participation of the Institute of Geophysics at ETH Zurich. Read more 


SEG 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award

The Department of Earth Sciences congratulates Prof. em. Alan Green and his group (former AUG group). Read more 


How we use mineral resources

The focusTerra exhibition "Earth's Treasures" is about the formation, mining and use of mineral resources, and how we deal with products we no longer need. Read more 


New Earth Science Collections image catalogue

ETH Zurich's Earth Science Collections display approximately 1,200 minerals, fossils, and rocks in their catalogue on the platform ETH E-Pics.   Read more 


ETH Medals - Distinction of Doctoral Thesis

The Department of Earth Sciences congratulates Jonas Ruh and Zacharias Stelzer. Read more 


New Professorship in Geothermal Energy

Welcome Martin Saar, Professor of Geothermal Energy and Geofluids! Read more 


Workshop discussion: distant worlds - strange climates

"Studying the climate of other planets sharpens our view on the Earth's climate system on our own planet" says Prof. Tapio Schneider, on a virtual journey through our solar system, during a workshop discussion. Read more 


Johan Robertsson: From industry back to academia

Johan Robertsson has been working at the Department of Earth Sciences for the past year. In this interview he talks about his experiences in this first year and about his future plans. Read more 

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