The study of Earth Sciences encompasses not only geology, but also includes meteorology, and oceanography. South Dakota has terrific geology, from the Black Hills and Badlands in the west, to the glacial geology and Sioux Quartzite in the east. The Department of Earth Sciences has a close relationship with the South Dakota Geological Survey with whom we share a building. USD Earth scientists take field trips and do research throughout South Dakota, adjacent states, across the western United States, and around the world (China, Iceland, Greece, and Mongolia in recent years).
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Badlands National Park, South Dakota. Tertiary rocks of the White River Group overlying
the "yellow mounds" paleosol developed in the Cretaceous Pierre Shale. (B. Jordan)