UNC College of Arts & Sciences

Geological Sciences

Energy Resources

Most people understand that fossil fuels and uranium are the main sources of the energy that powers society. What is less well understood is that geologists and geophysicists are the professionals who search for, find, evaluate, and monitor the production of these resources for the benefit of everyone.  In the 21st century the detrimental impacts on climate and the environment produced by the use of these ‘conventional’ fuels, and the fact that their quantities are limited, is forcing society into finding alternative and clean energy resources to substitute for them. The geothermal, solar, wind, and ocean wave potential of the U.S. and North America is currently an active area of research. Finding ways to transition from a fossil fuel economy to one in which these alternative sources dominate is one of the main challenges facing society today.

Energy research in Geological Sciences at UNC is proceeding on several fronts:

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