Environmental Geology

Definition - What does Environmental Geology mean?

Environmental Geology is a field of applied science which is related to the practical applications of geological principles in solving and providing solutions to environmental problems. It is a multi disciplinary science field which is very much related to Engineering Geology. However, at times people misconceive it to be closely related to environmental geography which is not true, as it is less related to Environmental Geography.

Petropedia explains Environmental Geology

Environmental Geology, Engineering Geology and Environmental Geography involve the study of how humans interact with the Geological Environment of Earth including the biosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere and the lithosphere. On a broader note, Environmental Geology includes:

  • Management of hydro-geological and geological resources of the earth such as soil minerals, water (both ground and surface water), non renewable resources such as fossil fuels (coal, crude oil and natural gas) and land use.
  • Earth surface study with the help of geo-morphography and edaphology.
  • Exposure of natural hazards and their effects on humans.
  • Management of domestic and industrial waste.
  • Steps taken in minimizing environmental pollution.
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