Earth and Environmental Sciences combines geology with studies in surface and groundwater, as well as the engineering properties of rocks and soils. We invite you to learn more about our internationally recognized research from helping communities protect groundwater resources to understanding the mysteries of geologic processes deep within the Earth.

As active researchers, we offer our students a hands-on learning experience in addition to innovative degrees and programs, such as TERRE NET, Canada’s first nationally funded program designed to connect the next generation of sustainable mining professionals.

Our unique Earth Sciences Museum and its K-12 outreach program give us the chance to share our passion with the community.

  1. Nov. 5, 2021Earth Sciences Museum launches virtual tours
    Inside the mining tunnel office. Blue dots indicate places with more information and a cartoon tour guide holds a rock hammer

    The Earth Sciences Museum is excited to announce the launch of our newest project, a virtual tour of the museum!

  2. Oct. 21, 2021Some of the world’s oldest rubies linked to early life
    Up close image of a ruby

    Carbon residue that was once ancient life found encased in a 2.5 billion-year-old ruby

    While analyzing some of the world’s oldest coloured gemstones, researchers from the University of Waterloo discovered carbon residue that was once ancient life, encased in a 2.5 billion-year-old ruby.

  3. Sep. 2, 2021Research aims to prevent deadly environmental disasters involving mine waste
    Aerial View of Tailing Ponds in green hill

    New research will help mining companies better understand the negative societal and environmental impacts of mine-waste disasters, known as tailings flows, and hopefully avoid them.

    Researchers created a database as part of a study that presents the first global picture of the occurrence rates, behaviours and physical impacts of tailings flows, which are rapid downstream movements of mine waste following failures of tailings impoundments.

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