If you enjoy studying rocks and precious stones, you might be able to turn your interest into a career. Mineralogy is the study of minerals and how they are formed. The Father of Modern Gemology is Richard T. Liddicoat, who earned a master’s degree in mineralogy and went on to focus his work on precious gems. The standards for measuring diamond quality were developed by Liddicoat in 1953. To learn more, visit Gemological Institute of America, gia.edu/gia-news-research-GIA-innovators-liddicoat.
The Father of Modern Geology, James Hutton, was a Scottish farmer and naturalist in the 1700s. He developed the concept of uniformitarianism, which explains the natural processes that develop the Earth’s crust over a long period of time. Read more about Hutton at Encyclopaedia Britannica, britannica.com/biography/James-Hutton.
Geologists and mineralogists typically work in environmental consulting, mining or engineering fields. They use scientific methods, make mathematical calculations and report on data they have collected. If you enjoy those subjects, you might have a future in rocks and minerals!
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