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. These historic people greatly advanced
our understanding of the science of geology.
Bascom, a well known mineralogist and petrologist, led the way for American
women geologists at the turn of the last century.
Darwin, a 19th century naturalist, was the first scientist to publish
a comprehensive theory of evolution.
Jay Gould, a 20th century biologist, paleontologist and author, further
expanded Darwin's theory with his own concept of punctuated equilibrium.
Mohs, a mineralogist of the early 19th century, developed a way to classify
minerals by their hardness.
da Vinci did a little bit of everything! When he was not painting the
Mona Lisa, this 15th century "Renaissance Man" found time to be
a scientist discovering how sedimentary rocks and fossils are formed.
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