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"To see the world in a grain of sand, and heaven in a wild flower. To hold the infinity in the palm of the hand and eternity in an hour.” These words by British Poet William Blake very beautifully present the importance and scope of Geology.
Geology as the ‘mother of all sciences’ allows a geologist to decipher the workings of the earth processes through a grain of sand and a fragment of a mineral. Geology is about going ‘into the wild’ and admire the creation in its truest form. A geologist while holding a rock in his hand, actually is holding a time capsule stretching for millions years. A Geologist is a time traveler, and can cover billions of years by just travelling a distance of tens of kilometers! Thus, behold the wonder of Geosciences. To study geology is to study the creation (of earth) in its original form and the changes that yield the present. Of importance is the geology of NW Himalaya, the cradle that nurtured the first geologists (Medlicott, Middlemiss, and Wadia among others) and continues to ignite the imagination of geology students the world over. The Department of Geology at Govt. Degree College Anantnag assertively contrives to carry on the legacy of the fore-fathers of geology, by bringing together the teaching-learning processes, research initiatives and industry-academia collaborations.
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Geology is the study of the Earth. The scientists who study Geology are known as geologists, who not only find answers to questions , like - how earth formed, what´s its composition like? The causes of earthquakes and ice ages, the history of mountain building, and the evolution of life, but geologists also address practical problems, such as how to find groundwater, and how to avoid its contamination, how to find oil and minerals, and how to prevent landslides. Geologists also have contributed greatly to the study of global climate change and global warming. Geologists address many different problems, so-much-so that geology is divided into many different specialities.
Geology is fascinating and attracts many people to careers in this science. Many geologists work for different companies involved with oil, mining, water, engineering, and as well as environmental issues. Some also work in universities, government geological surveys, colleges, and laboratories. But, it's always prudent to ask about the practical utility of a science subject, and a question like - why should a student study geology? First and the foremost, geology is one of the most practical subjects a student can learn, as geological processes and issues influence our lives on daily basis.
We all need to make decisions concerning Earth-related issues, and we should be able to make more fruitful decisions only if we have a basic understanding of geology. Past is replete with situations and instances when people ignored geological understanding and paid a difficult price for it. The knowledge of geology will help people to avoid building structures on a hazard prone area. Second, the study of geology provides the student of geology a perspective on the planet that no other field can. Third, the study of geology puts human achievements and natural disasters in context.
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Department of Geology
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