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Have you ever wondered how continents and ice sheets flow over thousands to millions of years?

What We Do

Earth is continually shifting beneath our feet. In the Rock and Ice Deformation Laboratory, we study the mechanical behavior of Earth and planetary materials, from the atom to tectonic plate scale. To do this, we put rock and ice samples under stress in the laboratory, and then examine the microscopic features of those samples to reveal how they deform. Our current areas of research include tectonic plate boundary formation, glacial flow on Earth and Mars, and mantle transition zone dynamics

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