Geology & Development

Geology is the study of the Earth, including its physical structure, the materials it is made of, its history, and the processes by which it is constantly being shaped. Geology is also a source of information that has the potential to make a significant contribution to international development. 

Understanding groundwater can enable us to bring clean water to communities that previously had to walk many kilometres to collect it. An in-depth knowledge of hazards (such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and landslides) can inform and improve efforts to reduce the impact of disaster events. Local minerals and rock materials can improve agriculture, be a source of income generation and be used in infrastructure. Knowledge of chemicals in rocks (e.g., fluoride and arsenic) can inform healthcare. Research on Earth’s past climate gives us a better understanding of the impacts of anthropogenic climate change.

To find out more, click on the boxes below. These link to articles originally written for our blog, outlining examples of how geological knowledge can play a strong and significant role in supporting sustainable international development, fighting poverty and changing lives. 

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Water & Sanitation


Climate Change