I am an earth scientist. Many of us call ourselves geologists, but I believe that term is insufficient, because our field is so much broader. There is a lot more to earth science than just geology, after all.
Earth science knows many specializations. My world is the world of sediments, sedimentary environments (modern and ancient) and the resulting sedimentary rocks.
I have worked as a government scientist for State Geological Surveys in the United States, as an academic an a dean in the Netherlands (where I am originally from) and as an independent here in Nova Scotia. I held adjunct positions at Acadia University’s Earth and Environmental Science Department in Wolfville and at the Earth Sciences department of Dalhousie University in Halifax.
One can spend a lifetime reveling in the fundamental aspects of sedimentary environments, but I have a practical mind and tend to see societal issues in the context of earth science: coastal zone management, energy questions, climate change, the world’s water supply, etc. Thus the title of this blog:
Earth Science Society.
For further musings on why and how I write, see this blog post
My home page banners are photos from around Minas Basin, an arm of the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia, Canada. The photos illustrate these three aspects (Earth, Science, Society): the oceanography of Minas Basin, and thus its sediment budget and distribution is still poorly understood. Insufficient understanding of these dynamics has implications for the people living around it because coastal protection measures are haphazard at best and not based in a deep understanding of the environment.
The cliffs surrounding Minas Basin are exposed in a wild variety of rocks with spectacular fossil assemblages. Understanding the geologic history of these sequences, so superbly exposed thanks to our extreme tides, contributes to the understanding of earth history in general and helps us understand geologic history elsewhere in the world. And this in turn helps us understand the potential and limitations of our natural resources.
Earth Science Society
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