Department of Geology and Environmental Science

An artist's depiction of a map with an octopus stretching over the Black Sea and Russia
More than a billion people use Google Maps each month—but have you ever stopped to consider what makes the tool work? Tomorrow, a multidisciplinary series of virtual events celebrates the technology behind maps. Join a hackathon, test your knowledge at trivia or see an exhibit of cartographic curiosities, aka strange maps.
a black and white photo of Hapke in a suit, holding a vial of moon dust
As a postdoctoral researcher, Bruce Hapke helped NASA determine the consistency of the moon’s soil, which helped engineers create the proper boots, rovers and wheeled equipment for the Apollo 11 landing, which happened 50 years ago this Saturday. Hapke and others at Pitt have helped build on a legacy of space research.
a student in a Pitt bucket hat and a Pitt t-shirt pointing at the camera and smiling
The long-term partnership between Pitt students and faculty and nonprofit Caras con Causa seeks to study urban wetlands, restore parts of the ecosystem damaged by Hurricane Maria and attract scientists to the island.