By: MaryAnn Villavert
Formerly known (by ESD and UC Berkeley staff), as the "Grand Challenges Report" or "The 10 questions", this report, "Origin and Evolution of the Earth: Research Questions for a Changing Planet" was made public this past Wednesday (March 12). Chaired by Division Director, Don DePaolo, in summary here are the 10 questions: 1) Origins
- Question 1 – How did the Earth and other planets form?
- Question 2 – What happened during the Earth's "dark age" (the first 500 million years?
- Question 3 – How did life begin?
2) Earth's Interior
- Question 4 – How does earth's interior work, and how does it affect the surface?
- Question 5 – Why does the Earth have plate tectonics and continents?
- Question 6 – How are Earth's processes controlled by material properties?
3) A Habitable Planet
- Question 7 – What causes climate to change – and how much can it change?
- Question 8 – How has life shaped Earth – and how has Earth shaped life?
4) Hazards and Resources
- Question 9 – Can earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and their consequences be predicted?
- Question 10 – How do fluid flow and transport affect the human environment?