Why study of Geology is important?
The study of geology is essential. It brings many things to everyday life. Can we live without coal, oil, iron ore, gold, and other minerals? Geology has made it possible to reliably locate these deposits, and it is likely to lead one day to predict earthquakes with greater accuracy, saving human lives and property.
Geologist study rocks to uncover clues about how they have formed and to understand the climate, plant life and animal life of the distant past (millions of years of ago), thus finding answers to history and workings of the Earth.
Geological knowledge and research in areas to predict natural disasters, such as earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes and shifts in the Earth’s crust are important to help people to understand the risks of the areas (landslide, flood, earthquake, tsunamis) they live and be ready when the massive forces that shape the Earth are unleashed on our lives.
It is geologists who have made your life rich with oil, renewable energy, precious metals and minerals to name a few. The benefit of geology touches our lives every day.
Also read:- http://www.ias.ac.in/currsci/jul102005/18.pdf
Importance of geological science is increasing with every passing day. Understanding of Earths processes is necessary in view of global environmental change, to ‘learn nature’s law and apply them correctly’ and societal quest to plan for sustainable development. However, geologists have to talk across the boundary and contextualise their studies in the larger frame of earth system science. Human activities have become so intense and voluminous particularly after industrial revolution that present geological era is rechristened as ‘Anthropocene’. For geologists it is a great challenge and as it opens new opportunities. There is a necessity to re-look into the syllabus and equip students to contribute in facing the impending environmental crisis of water shortage, interrupted bio-geochemical cycles, natural disaster etc.
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