The Virginia Tech Department of Geosciences is examining Earth processes and systems that have important implications for how human civilization can thrive on our dynamic planet. This research is improving society’s ability to mitigate natural hazards such as tsunami, storms, earthquakes, and volcanic activity that threaten life and infrastructure. We are conducting fundamental and applied research that is relevant to the search for and management of Earth's natural resources and raw materials important for the global economy.  

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