Welcome to Earth Sciences at Western

Earth Sciences is the science of the planet Earth. We seek to understand the Earth's internal structure and composition; its dynamic character (earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics); the processes that occur within it; the processes that shape its surface and the materials that constitute its surface layers; the connections between Earth’s surface processes, climate and our environmental sustainability; the origin, occurrence, extraction and conservation of the Earth's natural resources (minerals, fossil fuels, soils, and water); the place of the Earth within the Solar System, and the history of life on Earth.

Western's Department of Earth Sciences is a close-knit and dynamic department combining cutting edge academic and applied research with strong mentorship and teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Our graduates can be found in industry, academia and government across Canada and around the world. Come see us in the Biological and Geological Sciences Building to see what Earth Sciences has to offer.

Colloquium Series Speakers

Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Time: 3:30 PM
Location: BGSB 1069

Dr. Erin Adlakha (Department of Geology, St. Mary's University) Uranium, a Metal on the Move: Examples of Crustal Uranium Cycling in the Churchill Province

Uranium is a “critical mineral” of Canada as an essential metal for Canada’s economic security and a low-carbon source of energy through nuclear power. In 2019, Canada was ranked second in global uranium production and the fourth major exporter, supplying 13% and exporting 12% of the world’s uranium. The largest high-grade uranium resources in the world are in Saskatchewan occurring as unconformity-type uranium deposits, hosted near the contact of the Paleoproterozoic Athabasca Basin with crystalline basement rocks of the Churchill Province. Similar, but lower grade, styles of mineralization are recognized in and below the Paleoproterozoic Thelon, Hornby, and Nonacho basins, located to the north and northwest of the Athabasca Basin in the Churchill Province.

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Dean's Statement on Anti-Racism

Racism has no place in the University or London community. Everyone in Western Science is appalled by news of violence directed against Black and Indigenous people, particularly in Canada. This intensifies our resolve to remove obstacles and systemic barriers to creating a community in our Faculty of Science in which we can all study Science in an atmosphere of mutual respect. As a Faculty of Science and as members of the London community, we condemn all racist acts, whether intended or arising from ignorance, and the power imbalances they reflect and perpetuate. Power imbalances and racial biases also exist in our own Faculty community.

Our resolve to improve must be matched with thoughtful action. I affirm Western Science's active role and support in Western's response to the Anti-Racism Working Group Report. Over the coming weeks, I commit to working within and outside our Faculty to identify issues from staff, faculty, and students. This process will be followed by planning and action within our Faculty of Science, informed and led by our community. We will, together, speak up and stand up for the changes needed.

Matt Davison, Faculty of Science Dean