These geologists are exploring granite rocks on a mountain ridge.
Scientists Who Study Rocks
Geology is the study of rocks and geologists are the people who study them!
There are many different types of geologists. Some of the common types are listed
What is a geologist like? Well, they are all very different. Click on the links
below to get to know some famous geologists.
Bascom, a mineralogist and petrologist, led the way for American women
geologists over 100 years ago.
Darwin was the first scientist to publish a comprehensive theory of evolution
in the19th century.
Jay Gould expanded Darwin's theory with his own concept of punctuated
equilibrium in the 20th century.
Mohs, a mineralogist, developed a way to identify minerals by their hardness.
da Vinci did a little bit of everything! When he was not painting the
Mona Lisa, he was a scientist and discovered how sedimentary rocks and fossils
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The Fall 2010 issue of The Earth Scientist
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