Richard de Bury, a 14th century Benedictine Monk and librarian, was perhaps the first to use the medieval Latin term geologia to describe the science of the earth. From Georgius Agricola’s study of minerals in the sixteenth century to Richard Dixon Oldham’s work on seismology in the early twentieth century, geological studies have made great contributions to our understanding of the earth. Miskatonic University strives to continue in the footsteps of these and other great scholars by encouraging new scholarship in the fields of mineralogy, paleontology, and geological Earth history. The Geology Department houses a large collection rock specimens and fossils that students are at liberty to peruse at any time. In addition, the department takes undergraduate students into the field for week-long surveys once per semester. The fall semester field experience focuses on the geological formation of the Earth, while the spring semester experience focuses on paleontology.

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