Youth and Education in Science

What is geoscience?

What is Geoscience?

Geoscience (also called Earth Science) is the study of Earth. Geoscience includes so much more than rocks and volcanoes, it studies the processes that form and shape Earth's surface, the natural resources we use, and how water and ecosystems are interconnected. Geoscience uses tools and techniques from other science fields as well, such as chemistry, physics, biology, and math!

What do Geoscientists Do?

Geoscientists study and work with minerals, soils, energy resources, fossils, oceans and freshwater, the atmosphere, weather, environmental chemistry and biology, natural hazards and more. They even study rocks on our moon and other planets in our solar system.

Examples of geoscience jobs include: geologist, paleontologist, seismologist, meteorologist, volcanologist, hydrologist, oceanographer, and more!

About DC Rocks

DC Rocks is about rocks… but also so much more!

DC Rocks is a program that introduces kids to the geosciences. Have you ever noticed the rocks around Washington D.C. and wondered how they got there? Have you wondered why earthquakes occur and if one can happen near D.C.? Do you wonder what a geoscientist does and how to become one? Well, DC Rocks works with kids and teachers to answer questions like these and many others. DC Rocks is made up of a group of geoscientists in and around Washington D.C.. Through our website, you can learn about geoscience issues local to the D.C. area and around the world. The kids’ section provides kid-friendly information, while the educators’ section provides resources to help enhance geoscience learning. Teachers can even invite a geoscientist to visit their classroom.

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