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Geology is the scientific study of Earth.  Geology provides the key to finding new sources of useful Earth materials and to understanding Earth processes that affect our lives. Geologists provide basic information to society for solving problems and establishing policy for resource management, environmental protection, public health, safety and welfare. By applying knowledge of forces that shape the Earth, geologists seek to reconstruct the past and anticipate the future.

What is a Geologist?

Geologists are curious about the Earth. How was it formed? How is it changing? Is there a global warming trend? How can we fill society's growing demands for energy and conserve natural resources for future generations? Where can we find enough water, mineral and energy resources to support growing populations? How can we predict accurately earthquakes and volcanic eruptions? What effects will shrinking glaciers have on the oceans and climate? Earth is an outdoor laboratory filled with opportunities to observe these processes in action. Rocks, minerals, fossils, mountains, earthquakes, volcanoes, glaciers, water, and landforms are keys to the Earth's past, present and future.


Amber Kumpf

  • B. S. Michigan Technological University, Applied Geophysics

  • M S. University of Rhode Island, Graduate School of Oceanography, Marine Geology and Geophysics