The fascinating history of our planet is just one part of studying geology. We also look at how important the subject has been, and still is, in ensuring human progress. Geologists are involved in finding the raw material without which we cannot survive. This includes water from underground formations, energy supplies that we will still need for the foreseeable future – oil, coal and gas, metals and chemicals for our industries, and building materials of every kind. Geological surveys and accurate mapping are essential for constructions of all types – towers, bridges, tunnels, roads – and for major excavations which may be used for waste disposal.
Vitally important work is involved with natural hazards. Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and landslides kill thousands of people and do enormous damage all around the world. Geological investigation is needed to predict, prevent if possible, and certainly to improve protection of the population.
At Queen Elizabeth Grammar School we have a well-equipped geology laboratory and a long history of geology teaching that has enabled students to become professionals in the subject or simply to learn more about the world around them, wherever they may go.