Earth & Planets Laboratory
5241 Broad Branch Road, NW
Washington, DC 20015
Phone number: 202-478-8900


The Earth & Planets Laboratory (EPL) is located on the Broad Branch Road campus (BBR) in Northwest Washington, DC. Built in 1914, the campus houses both state-of-the-art research facilities and administrative staff—including members of Carnegie Science's leadership.

EPL provides all of the resources scientists need to complete advanced research in the physical, Earth, and space sciences. Together, we discover new worlds, create new materials, illuminate the inner workings of our planet, and enhance our understanding of the universe that is our home.

Department Buildings

Jianhua Wang in NanoSIMS lab

Tools of the Trade

From probing the inner reaches of our planet to defining habitability on distant worlds, we've got you covered with state-of-the-art instrumentation and top-tier facilities.

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Abelson Library Peering Under ladder

Campus Library

Located in the Abelson building, the Earth & Planets Laboratory Library supports advanced research in the physical, earth, and space sciences and contains the historic archives of more than a century of discovery and innovation on campus.

The library subscribes to more than 200 scientific journals and reference databases and holds 10,000 technical books, maps, and reports.

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Victor Lugo and Seth Wagner Hug in Machine Shop

Machine Shop

The Earth & Planets Laboratory maintains a machine shop with state-of-the-art CNC capabilities.

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