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The Four Branches of Earth Science. Chapter 1.1. Geology – Science that Rocks!. The study of the Earth ’ s origin, history, structure, and the processes that shape the land. Scientists who study the Earth and its processes are called geologists.

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geology science that rocks
Geology – Science that Rocks!
  • The study of the Earth’s origin, history, structure, and the processes that shape the land
geologists that study volcanoes are called volcanologists
Geologists that study volcanoes are called volcanologists

Geologists that study earthquakes are called seismologists

  • Geologists that study fossils are called paleontologists
meteorology it s a gas
Meteorology – It’s a gas!
  • The study of the Earth’s atmosphere, especially weather and climate
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Scientists who study the Earth’s atmosphere and weather are called meteorologists

  • The person who tells you the weather on TV is a meteorologist
we can predict weather by studying the conditions in the atmosphere
We can predict weather by studying the conditions in the atmosphere!
  • Tornadoes
  • Thunderstorms
  • Hurricanes
astronomy far far away
Astronomy – Far, Far Away
  • The study of the universe
  • Scientists who study the universe are called astronomers
quick facts
Quick Facts
  • The most studied star is our Sun
  • There are over 100 billion stars in the universe
  • Astronomers spend most of their time studying stars
oceanography water water everywhere
Oceanography – Water, water everywhere!
  • The study of the Earth’s oceans
  • Scientists who study the sea are called oceanographers
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Physical oceanographers study the oceans tides, water currents, etc.

  • Biological oceanographers study the oceans sea life
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Geological oceanographers study and explore the ocean floor

  • Chemical oceanographers study the amount of natural and man-made chemicals in the ocean
how do oceanographers explore the ocean floor if we can t swim down there
How do oceanographers explore the ocean floor if we can’t swim down there?

Mini submarines

  • Sound waves (sonar)