Down to earth


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Ge­ol­ogy or earth sciences is the study of the earth and earth pro­cesses. This dis­ci­pline in­cludes geo­physics, at­mo­spheric sci­ence, oceanog­ra­phy (study of how the ocean be­haves, wave pat­terns, coastal ero­sion etc), hy­dro­ge­ol­ogy (con­cerned with dis­tri­bu­tion and move­ment of ground­wa­ter in the earth’s crust), palaeon­tol­ogy (deals with fos­sils), study of the ori­gin of life, crys­tal­log­ra­phy, geo­statis­tics and geo­chem­istry. Earth sci­en­tists work in the Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey of In­dia, Cen­tral and state ground­wa­ter au­thor­i­ties, In­dian Bureau of Mines, min­ing and oil ex­plo­ration com­pa­nies etc. Teach­ing and re­search in uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges is an op­tion for those who are aca­dem­i­cally-ori­ented

CLOCK­WORK The av­er­age work­day of a Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey of In­dia ge­ol­o­gist in an out­door as­sign­ment at a moun­tain, a ravine etc, where he stays in a camp for three-four months: 7.30am: Set out for field work. Col­lect sam­ples and data. Carry out map­ping 5 pm: Re­turn to camp be­fore sun­set Till 9 pm: Or­gan­ise sam­ples, process data and plot it out on a map. Do an anal­y­sis At the HQ, ge­ol­o­gists study the sam­ples, write re­ports, and take care of ad­min­is­tra­tive tasks, too

THE PAY­OFF The salary of a Class 1 of­fi­cer is around R30,000 a month and can go up to R80,000 with ex­pe­ri­ence and des­ig­na­tion SKILLS/TRAITS In­ter­est in sci­ence sub­jects such as physics, chem­istry, math, ge­ol­ogy and bi­ol­ogy Should have the stamina to work in the field Per­sis­tence Deep un­der­stand­ing of na­ture

GET­TING THERE Take sci­ence (with math) at the plus-two level. Go for a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in ge­ol­ogy, fol­lowed by a mas­ter’s. Knowl­edge of physics, chem­istry, math, ge­og­ra­phy, botany and zo­ol­ogy is a must. A doc­tor­ate is re­quired for (univer­sity) re­search po­si­tions

IN­STI­TUTES AND URLS Univer­sity of Delhi Ba­naras Hindu Univer­sity Ja­davpur Univer­sity, Kolkata www.ja­ Pres­i­dency Col­lege, Kolkata www.pres­i­den­cy­col­legekolkata.a Most uni­ver­si­ties of­fer this dis­ci­pline. Some of the IITs have re­lated pro­grammes PROS AND CONS You can visit un­usual places Re­quires hard work in the field Work may in­volve travel You will have to stay away from home for months at a stretch You have to be phys­i­cally and men­tally strong


Grounded: As a ge­ol­o­gist, you may spe­cialise in dis­ci­plines such as geo­physics and marine ge­ol­ogy

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