Earth Sciences refers to the group of disciplines by which we seek, gather and analyze physical knowledge about our planet, its composition, origin and the rhythm of its natural systems. Sub-disciplines within Earth Sciences include, but are not limited to, geology, minerology, petrology, geochemistry, and climatology. Our scientific fascination with Earth stems not only from our inhabitance of it, but also from the fact that it is currently the only known life-bearing planet within our field of study.

Earth sciences, though diverse, nuanced and unique in approach and methodology, typically center around major themes or realms pertaining to our planet. These major areas of study include studies of the Earth's interior, the Earth's electromagnetic field, the Earth's atmosphere, and the various spheres within the planet itself such as stone layers, plate tectonics, biospheres, climate regions, the sea, and weather patterns.

Scientists from all over the world and of multiple varying backgrounds and levels of education are presently engaged in studies of Earth Sciences. The scientific communities within various countries, and the global scientific community working collaboratively, have established observatories and forward data collection labs in locales as remote and dangerous as the congo, the amazonian rainforests, the summits of Hawaiian volcanoes, the sea floor and even arctic caves. The geographical challenges posed by the subject itself makes Earth Science an exciting and potentially hazardous tract of knowledge to pursue. Many scientists have already given their lives to their work, having succumbed to one of Mother Nature's unpredictable and vengeful fits.

The future of Earth Science is both bright and fraught with urgency. As troubling and potentially cataclysmic climatic changes continue to accelerate, experts are being hard pressed to find large and terrestrially innocuous means of satisfying the world's growing appetite for energy on demand. Through collaborative efforts and creative problem solving, Earth Scientists have already produced several new and exciting methods of energy production that make no negative impact on the Earth and its delicately balanced biosystems. Solar panel farms, enhanced by central tower-mounted diffracting prisms, have already demonstrated their ability to power nearby towns using perfectly clean energy and no moving parts.

The challenge to Earth Scientists remains: develop and implement more such clean energy strategies before it is too late.