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Geology: Schmexy Because I Said So.

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Essentially, Geology is the study of the materials that Earth is constructed of, how those materials are structured, and what processes influence them. Geologists spend a lot of time in the field, conducting research and compiling reports and evaluations. They study the history of the Earth in terms of materials, rocks, and minerals. 

It can be a very exciting and stimulating career choice for someone who is interested in the processes that shape the Earth’s surface such as volcanic eruptions, landslides, floods, and earthquakes. If you are interested in Geology as a career choice then continue reading to learn ten reasons to become a Geologist and just how interesting the field can be. 

 
 
 
1. You are interested in the processes that shape the Earth- A Geologist not only studies rocks and minerals but also studies how certain factors like earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and floods can help shape the surface of the Earth as well. 


2. You can help prepare people for natural disasters- Many Geologists work to study areas that are prone to flooding and volcanic eruptions, thereby alerting people when these natural disasters are about to occur. Geologists have saved many lives this way. 
 


3. You’re interested in the mining process- A Geologist studies rocks that can possess valuable minerals and even coordinate and plan the mines that produce those rocks. In addition, a Geologist might work to locate other natural resources such as groundwater, oil, and natural gases. 

4. A variety of job settings are available- Geologists work in a variety of job settings, from government agencies to non-profit organizations and environmental consulting companies. 

5. You get to be out in the field- Although some Geologists work as teachers and laboratory scientists, there is still a fair amount of time spent out in the field, conducting research. This can be an incentive if you enjoy working outdoors. 

6. You enjoy technological work- Regardless as to where they work, all Geologists spend time using computer software programs to compile reports, analyze research findings, and perform calculations. 
 

7. You can specialize indifferent areas- After you obtain your BA degree; you can go on to earn your MA or Doctorate in a specialized area of study such as mineralogy, volcanology, hydrology, or even paleontology. 

8. Room for career advancement- With a higher education, a Geologist can have the opportunity for career advancement within their company. Some go on to become supervisors or managers while others teach classes at universities. 

9. Good career outlook- It is expected that in the near future there will be more jobs available in the geology field than there are Geologists to fill them. This is great news for those seeking entry level jobs, career advancements, and job stability in general. 

10. Job versatility- Some Geologists study rock formations on the surface of the Earth while others actually study rocks and minerals found on other planets. Still, others research rocks and minerals found under the sea. The job versatility makes for an exciting and challenging career choice.
 
Geology is a magnificent and unique science. What makes it so unique, you may rightly ask; well, a good geologist has to know something of everything: physics, chemistry, geography, math, biology, engineering, and many, many more. But it’s worth it, oh how it’s worth it!

Here we see geologic folds – formations that occur when originally horizontal layers are bent and curved due to (usually) tectonic pressures. For many geologists, folds such as this one are part of their everyday activities. The picture in case was taken at Mt. Head.
 
Antelope Canyon was formed through the erosion of Navajo Sandstone, initially due to flash flooding, and then probably due to subaerial processes. Sedimentary geologists spend much of their time studying erosional processes that give birth to formations such as this.
 
This is sand; what, don’t tell me you thought sand was just rocks, right? In many places of the world, sand is actually just made of the shells or shell fragments of many tiny creatures.
 
Volcanology is just a specialization of geology. Truth be told, few geologists actually get to see oozing lava like the one above, but many of them at least at one point visited a volcano. Volcano studies are the love of many geologists, but not so many truly dedicate their energy towards them – instead, focusing on more economically profitable options.
 
 
Fossils! What would geology be without fossils? While the field of geology that deals strictly with fossils is called paleontology, most fields, at some point, deal with them. I was actually lucky enough to find one in my very first field trip as a student. As much as I’ll cherish it and the memory that accompanies it, finding a fossil is nothing special if you’re a geologist (unless it’s a very special one, like what we see above).
 
This is geology gone wild! While a layman will only see a very beautiful landscape, a geologist’s mind will be blown at this sight.The White Pocket area in Arizona has a really awesome geology – forget the usual horizontal layers, here we see swirls, folds, faults, offsets, all filled out with the craziest colors you could imagine. Understanding what’s happening here and the complex processes that gave birth to these fantastic shapes makes it all even more beautiful.
 
 
The Flatirons consist of conglomerate sandstone of the Fountain Formation. Geologists estimate the age of these rocks as 290 to 296 million years, but they were only elevated 35-80 million years ago, during what is called the Laramidic orogeny.
 
 
How big would you say the largest crystals in the world are ? 10 cm, a few feet, a few meters maybe? Well, the largest crystals are found in a cave in Mexico and they measure 27 meters! Of course, such a sight is extremely rare, but I’d dare say that any geologist who loves his job has, at least at one point in his/her life, explored a cave.
 
 
Geology is all about rocks, and most rocks are made from crystals. Personally, I’m not really that thrilled when I see a diamond or a ruby, polished and put into a ring or necklace, but something like this… just makes me go ‘Wow!’.
 
 
Speaking of crystals… these are actually crystals! Geologists don’t just study them macroscopically, they also make thin sections then look at them through specialized microscopes with polarized light. This is such a thin section – the general shapes are individual crystals, and the deformations and bands give valuable information about the environment from which this was taken from.
 
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