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What is Geology?  And Why is It Important?

Geological Science is the study of the Earth, its physical nature, chemical composition and dynamics of the earth.  Geologists are particularly interested in the geological processes that formed the earth and will continue to modify it in the future.  In addition to understanding the way the earth works and its relationship to the solar system, geological scientists search for energy, mineral and water resources, evaluate environmental hazards, and identify areas prone to natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, coastal erosion and floods. 

Much of geological science deals with the unseen, for example, the earth's interior.  Geological scientists need not go far to reach the frontier of knowledge.  What is unknown far exceeds what is known. 


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