Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Newton Horace Winchell School of Earth and Environmental Sciences


The Department of Earth Sciences is involved in three basic activities: scientific research, education, and community service.  In the area of public service, the faculty advises state agencies and communities over a range of matters, such as waste disposal, lake restoration, groundwater protection, conservation of natural resources, and exploration of the state's mineral resources.  In addition, the faculty and graduate students in the department cordially make time for the general public in the identification of rocks and possible meteorites as well as other areas of outreach which are listed below.


The MESA Program

MESA (Make Earth Science Accesible) is a program through the N.H. Winchell School of Earth Sciences whose initiatives are to make educational and research material accessible to the public through a series of exhibits in and around John T. Tate Hall on the east bank of the UMN Twin Cities campus. Please visit the program website for more information.



Rock and Meteorite Identification

The Department of Earth Sciences has some faculty members who provide outreach in the form of rock and meteorite identification. For more information meteorite identification, please through our meteorite identifiction page.


For rock and mineral identification (not meteorite identification), please send 3-5 clear photos with as much information about the rock as you are able to provide, i.e. where it was found, how much does it weigh, how large is it, and other details that you are able to provide, to and your e-mail will be forwarded to the appropriate faculty member.


WE DO NOT ACCEPT WALK-IN/DROP-INs for ROCK/METEORITE IDENTIFICATION. It is extremely rare that we would have a faculty member available at any given time to meet with someone in regards to rock/meteorite identification. Save travel time by contacting us via e-mail first.


Please keep in mind that these faculty member are first and foremost professors and researchers who have very busy schedules including teaching, research and fieldwork.  This means that they may take longer to respond to inquires and will only be able to provide outreach when available. Please understand if they are unable to work with you immediately. If you have any further questions, please call 612-624-1333 to speak with the front desk.





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