If you’ve ever wondered how landscapes evolve, how natural resources are explored, how the Earth looked like million years ago or how scientists know what is in the Earth’s interior, then, Geoscience might be the career line for you.
Geoscience concerns the scientiﬁc study of the Earth and involves disciplines such as geochemistry, geology and geophysics. The way I like to see it is that the Earth has its own language and it’s our job as geoscientists to understand and interpret everything it has to say. That’s why I’ve put together 5 main reasons why geoscience is an exciting career I’ve enjoyed for 7 years now.
1. Study the past, present and make predictions about the future of our very dynamic planet.
The Earth is always changing, places that now are mountains might have been deep oceans in the past. How do we know? Geologists usually do this by looking at rocks and fossils, they examine them (sometimes taste them!… really) at a small and large scale to get an idea of how the landscape looked when they formed.
2. ´See’ the Earth’s subsurface.
This is a job for Geophysicists mainly. The rocks in the subsurface have properties that interact with natural or artificial physical phenomena (seismic waves for example), and this interaction allow geophysicists to get an image of the subsurface. Just google ´seismic images´ if you want to know what I’m talking about.
3. Choose between spending most of your time in the field, lab or an office.
You can be doing experiments in large water tanks or working with microscopes in the lab, or you can stay in an office coding and building exciting models of the Earth’s morphology. Perhaps you are more an outdoors person and you prefer to be in the field looking at rocks, which takes me to the next point…
4. Travel and admire the most amazing landscapes
Field work is a lot of work and sometimes walking on risky paths is unavoidable, but believe when I say that you will see beautiful landscapes that not everyone is so lucky to see. I’ve done this in Mexico, Scotland, England, Spain (photo below) and Italy, so, it involves lots of traveling as well!
5. You won’t be limited to study the Earth only.
A lot of geoscientists are currently studying Mars geology using similar techniques that we use to understand the Earth. It is super exciting that we can expand this knowledge in other planets and literally ‘explore new worlds’.
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