Why Study Geology

- May 09, 2020-

Geoscientists follow paths of exploration and discovery in quest of solutions to some of society's most challenging problems.


  Predicting the behavior of Earth systems and the universe.

  Finding adequate supplies of natural resources, such as ground water, petroleum, and metals.

  Conserving soils and maintaining agricultural productivity.

  Developing natural resources in ways that safeguard the environment.

  Maintaining quality of water supplies.

  Reducing human suffering and property loss from natural hazards, such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, floods, landslides, hurricanes, and tsunamis.

  Determining geological controls on natural environments and habitats and predicting the impact of human activities on them.

  Defining the balance between society's demand for natural resources and the need to sustain healthy ecosystems.

  Understanding global climate patterns.