Fundamental and concept of environmental geology
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  • 1. Environmental Geology • Environmental Geology - the study of Earth's natural systems and their interactions with humans. It is applied geology. • - Help solve conflicts in land use • - minimize environmental degradation • - maximize the beneficial results of using our natural and modified environment. • - Includes the study of: • - Natural Hazards (such as floods, landslides, earthquakes, and volcanic activity) • in order to minimize loss of life and property. • - Landscape for site selection, land-use planning, and environmental impact • analysis • - Earth Materials (such as minerals, rocks and soils) to determine their potential • use as resources or waste disposal sites and their effects on human health. • - Hydrologic processes of groundwater and surface water to evaluate water • resources and water pollution problems. • - Geological processes (such as deposition of sediment on the ocean floor, the • formation of mountains, and the movement of water on and below the • surface of the earth) to evaluate local, regional, and global change Fundamental concepts of environmental geology · Humans are agents of geological change. · The Earth is unique. · The Earth is a closed system. · Materials and energy tend to cycle from one reservoir to another.
  • 2. · The physical structure and chemical composition of the Earth affect our lives in many different ways. · Geologic processes and human beings operate on different time scales. · Hazardous geologic processes are natural and have always existed. · Risk is characteristic of the human-planet relationship. · We are fundamentally dependent on Earth resources for the conduct of modern society. · Earth resources are limited. · Earth resources can be managed properly in a sustainable fashion. · There is no "away" to throw things to; our garbage and pollution remains with us. · Managing the environment means managing human behavior. · Restoration and preservation are also part of the human-planet relationship. Concept Nine: Geology as a Basic Environmental Science - The fundamental component of every person’s environment is the geologic •component, and understanding our environment requires a broad-based •comprehension and appreciation of he earth sciences and related disciplines.