Geology Essay Topics

The shocking truth about impact metamorphism

Sometimes I happen to stop for a while, think and then wonder about the truth that lies beyond the things I see around me. Some questions even come to my mind.   Why does this volcano look like that?  Or how come there is a lake in that area?  What makes the tropical regions more diverse… View Article

Environmental Geology

In 2006, seismic researchers can predict the location and direction of earthquakes by merely 10 to 20 minutes before it happens. Researchers use ultrasounds to assess earthquakes faster. Precise ultrasound images were recorded from the fault which is ruptured and the direction the rupture goes (American Institute of Physics [AIP], 2006). In 2008, seismic researchers… View Article

Geological Forces That Shape the Earth

Diastrophism Defined: •Comes from the Greek word meaning a “twisting” deformation of the Earth’s crust. All processes that move, or elevate or build up portions of the Earth’s crust comes under this. •Diastrophism covers movement of solid (plastic) material, as opposed to movement of molten material which is covered by volcanism. •The most obvious evidence… View Article

Geology and Technology

The field of geology helps us understand our surroundings on earth. The benefits of geology include how to protect our environment and supplies us with natural resources. Geology helps assist us in avoiding geologic hazards and is based on the scientific method. One of the great contributions to human understanding made by geology is the… View Article

Fossils Nurse

A fossil is the prehistoric remains of a plant or an animal. Fossils are usually are kept at their best when they are buried under many layers of sand and mud. Under the great pressure from the ground, the sand and the mud become sedimentary rock. The minerals combine forming a mould of the plant… View Article

Stonehenge vs. Pantheon

Stonehenge: * New geological research is currently being carried out to identify the sites of origin more accurately. How the stones were transported for over 250km (156 miles) to Stonehenge remains unknown, but it is probable that a combination of transport via water networks and hauling over land brought them to the site. The larger… View Article

Ophiolite Complexes

Ophiolite complexes are the suite of rocks that became the product of the spreading centers of plate boundaries. Ophiolites or “snake stones” are originally coined by Alexandre Brongniart in 1813 mainly because of its green rocks comprising of serpentine and diabase. Initially, geologists and paleontologists of the 1950s and 1960s hypothesized that oceanic crust emplacements… View Article

Rock Cycle for Kids

As all the students flooded into the classroom and started to unpack, the teacher, Mrs.Bentley, said, “Today you are going on a mini field trip to a park with Mrs.Crystal, who studies rocks and minerals! What you’re about to learn is a surprise!” The students cheered, wondering why they were going there. They gladly followed… View Article

Landslide and Debris Flow

A. A landslide is when a mass of soil, rocks and other debris moves down a slope, powered by the force of gravity. Sometimes, this movement is so sudden and rapid that it causes devastating loss of life and structural damage. (http://www.health24.com/medical/Condition_centres/777-792-1461-2097,34702.asp) B. A landslide or landslip is a geological phenomenon which includes a wide… View Article

Mineral Exploration

Mineral exploration is the initial stage of the mining cycle. It is a sequential process of information gathering that assesses the mineral potential of a given area. In simple words it is the search for mineral deposits. The reason of exploration is to trace a new source of metal or useful minerals. This includes industrial… View Article

Principle of Earth Science

The three stages according from the oldest to the youngest formation are granite, basalt and lastly andesite formation. This will discuss about the formation, composition, type of intrusion and cooling history of each stages. The granite formation is the oldest stage since granite is formed usually beneath the crust about 1. 5 km up to… View Article

Mineral Exploration

Mineral exploration is the initial stage of the mining cycle. It is a sequential process of information gathering that assesses the mineral potential of a given area. In simple words it is the search for mineral deposits. The reason of exploration is to trace a new source of metal or useful minerals. This includes industrial… View Article

Field Trip Report

Excursion at the Montauban mine (September 21st, 2014) Montauban is a Zn-rich VMS deposit that has been exploited from 1910 to the 1960s including several gold-rich zones. The deposit is hosted in highly deformed volcanic rocks metamorphosed to the upper amphibolite grade. Part of the deposit is observable on outcrops and a section from the… View Article

“How the Earth was Formed” video notes

Theory: -sun was surrounded by a cloud of dust and gas -as cloud cooled little grains of minerals started forming -grains of minerals started bumping into each other (Problem was nobody could explain how these microscopic minerals formed a planet) Then in 2003 astronaut Don Pettit performed an experiment onboard the international space station. He… View Article

When I Grow Up

I have always had a difficult time with the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” There are too many things that grab and hold my interest, for a little while at least. I have always known that I wanted to go to college, why I didn’t do so immediately after… View Article

The Philippines’ Landslide

Mass wasting is defined as the down slope movement of rock and regolith near the Earth’s surface mainly due to the force of gravity. Rock slides and debris slides result when rocks or debris slide down a pre-existing surface, such as a bedding plane, foliation surface, or joint surface. On February 17, 2006 the Philippines… View Article

Igneous rocks: Diorite

Diorite is an igneous rock formed from the partial melting of the crust caused from by basaltic magma from the mantle. It is associated with batholiths, dikes and stocks usually around volcanic arcs. Its volcanic equivalent is andesite which is formed from strombolian type volcanoes. DISCUSSION Physical properties: Diorite is a phaneritic rock that is… View Article

Pride and Prejudice Movie Review

1) In 1859, Charles Darwin described a model of how living things change over time. He described this model and the evidence that supported it in a book called On The Origin of Species. Which scientific term is used to describe a testable model that seeks to explain natural phenomena? A) data B) hypothesis C)… View Article

Statement of Purpose

I have a very clear objective- to be good at what I do and enjoy in the process. I want to be resilient in seeking this objective and for this to happen, I need a purpose. I found this purpose in studying Civil Engineering, more specifically in Structural Engineering. Science and mathematics have been my… View Article

Dynamic Earth

Has the Earth been static since the beginning of time? Well, Earth hasn’t been moving vigorously but it is changing at a steady rate. New geological features, rock formations, and locations of plates all rise and demolish some in a lifetime and others over a span of millions of years. Earth is dynamic; it constantly… View Article

Causes and Effects of Earthquakes

There are some programs, like the ones that are broadcast at National Geographic Channel, where professionals show us on many opportunities documentaries about earthquakes and the amount of damage that they had produced in some areas. But… what is an earthquake? We can define them as the shaking of the Earth’s surface caused by the… View Article

Dynamic Earth

Has the Earth been static since the beginning of time? Well, Earth hasn’t been moving vigorously but it is changing at a steady rate. New geological features, rock formations, and locations of plates all rise and demolish some in a lifetime and others over a span of millions of years. Earth is dynamic; it constantly… View Article

Lab Report: Point load test

Aim: To determine the strength characteristics of a rock using the point load test and visual judgement. Materials Loading device Loading frame Pump Ram Platens Rock Caliper Method (Standard, 2007) 1. Measure the dimensions of the rock which includes the diameter and length 2. Find the length to diameter ratio to determine which test will… View Article