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Ever wondered how mountains form or why earthquakes happen? This is where you can learn more about the science of the Earth.


Geology is the science that studies the Earth. It analyses the rocks that make up the Earth’s crust and the processes through which the Earth evolves. Geological theories and discoveries inform the foundations of theories from other disciplines such as biology and philosophy.   

Applied Geology

Applied Geology looks at geological issues that can be referred to as 'natural disasters' and how these impact human existence. This includes looking at the natural occurring hazards that have a major impact on human populations such as earthquakes, landslides, floods and volcanic eruptions. However, it also looks at environmental problems such as waste disposal and pollution, and suggests ways we could more effectively access and manage our natural resources. 

Geology can be studied as a major under a Bachelor of Science, or a Bachelor of Applied Science at a variety of tertiary institutions across New Zealand.