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Why study Earth and space science?

The Sun and the Earth sustain life

Earth is the only planet known to have abundant and complex life. The Earth’s interlocking spheres (geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere) are dynamically balanced, and sustained by energy from the Sun and from the Earth’s core.

Understanding how Earth and space systems interact, how they affect us, and how we affect them is vital for our survival.

ESS links Earth sciences and astronomy

New Zealand is a natural laboratory for Earth sciences and astronomy: our unique geology has been formed as a result of the interaction between two major tectonic plates; we are surrounded by vast oceans through which the major currents that control the world’s climate flow.

Space is the future

As students learn in ESS, they come to appreciate the dynamic interrelationship that exists between the solar system, the universe, and our Earth system. They develop a sense of wonder and the desire to explore space.

New Zealand needs Earth scientists

Through studying ESS, students gain understanding of New Zealand’s geology, marine environments, and weather systems. Earth scientists work in resource management, sustainable mining, environmental management, conservation, geology, marine science, and climate science.

Last updated May 9, 2012