Study of Geosciences
Whilst the source of the quote that the next big wars will be fought over water is unclear, the basic fact remains: 783 million people across the globe have no access to clean drinking water, of which the poor are the main sufferers.
Apart from water woes, the present wars are, with little doubt, being fought over oil, a greatly diminished source of energy and one sought to be monopolised by the rich and powerful countries. The study of Geosciences will help tap new sources of these precious commodities that are in ever-dwindling supply.
Other and equally fascinating off-shoots of the study of Geosciences are Oceanography, Atmospheric and Earth Sciences. Understanding the role of factors impacting the earth such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, as also among others, the vagaries of weather, could go very far in mitigating the fury of Nature, and harnessing energy for the benefit of mankind.
In this context, future generations of Indians would be well advised to explore the option of qualifying as Geologists. Apart from this being a very rewarding career, geoscientists will earn the satisfaction of having contributed to the welfare of mankind.
A search of the Internet throws up the names of the following premier universities for the study of Geosciences:
1) California Institute of Technology.
2) University of Colorado.
3) Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich.
4) Columbia University.
5) Harvard University.
6) University of California at Berkeley.
7) University of Bristol, U.K.
8) Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
9) University of Oxford, U.K.
10)University of Washington
The following excerpt from Geological Sciences—University of Colorado Boulder, is very informative for those seeking information on the subject. The site also offers information on requirements for the course:
Geology is a science concerned with the Earth—its relationship to the solar system, its origin and developmental history, its structure and composition, its dynamic processes, and its evolution. Geology also relates to human endeavors and needs, including the use of natural resources, the preservation of the environment, global change, and the mitigation of geologic hazards. Geology draws its data from firsthand field observations and laboratory analyses of minerals, sediments, rocks, fossils, natural fluids and gases, and landforms. Interpretation of the Earth’s physical, chemical, and biological systems and their evolution requires that scientists who study the Earth interact with mathematicians, physicists, astronomers, chemists, geographers, climatologists, biologists, and engineers.
Students who would like to acquire a basic knowledge of geology while majoring in some other field should consider a minor program in Geological Sciences.
It is hoped that Indian students will seek a future in this science rather than the over-plumbed courses to become doctors, engineers and lawyers. Indian students are recognised for their skills in Mathematics and Science, and are sure to be welcomed into this beckoning and very lucrative stream of education. Go for it, you young Indians. Get off the beaten track. Carve a name for yourself in the rock-solid Wall of Fame. The world is your oyster.