Geologists should use modern technology, says expert

GIS to procure state-of-art equipment by next September

Geologists are attracted to Karnataka, Odisha, Rajasthan and Jharkhand for conducting research as these states are rich in mineral wealth, said Geological Survey of India (Marine and Coastal Survey Division) Deputy Director General G P Mohapatra.

Inaugurating the workshop organised by the Karnataka Science and Technology Academy and Mangalore University Department of Marine Geology on Wednesday, he said  Geological Survey of India (Marine and Coastal Survey Division) is headquartered in Mangalore as it has rich coastline.

Geology is an important branch of study with wide scope. Minearls, earth science which are related to geology affect industry, export and import which are mostly mineral based, he said and added that Geological Survey of India recruits over 200 people every year.

“It is said that the sea level is rising every year. This rise will change the entire coastal morphological belt in the future. Geologists study this phenomena and also other natural phenomena. This research can help in understanding natural calamities so that safety measures can be implemented in advance,” he said.

He also said that the geologists should opt to work in field as one can gain experience and knowledge.

Geologists should use modern technology such as remote sensing and aerial photography to gerenrate maps. They should not hestitate in visiting remote places.

"As a geologist my life has been adventurous and exciting," he said. By September 2013, the  Geological Survey of India will get state-of-art equipment which will help in the survey of Indian region, he added.

Department of Marine Geology Associate Professor Krishnayya presided over the programme. The three-day workshop will have eminent speakers addressing sessions on different topics such as, 'Recent trends in grain size classification,' 'Investigation of iron ore resources in Karnataka,' 'concept of watershed delineation and mapping,' 'advances in space science for remote sensing application,' 'satellite oceanography' and ‘hazardous waste management'.

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