How can learning about rocks help us in our daily lives? The short answer is that geology and the related geologic sciences (sometimes referred to collectively as geoscience ) give us a glimpse of the great complexity inherent in the natural world, helping us appreciate the beauty and order of things. This, in turn, makes us aware of our place in the scheme of things, so that we begin to see our own daily lives in their proper context. Beyond that, the study of geoscientific data can give us an enormous amount of information of practical value while revealing much about the world in which we dwell. The earth sciences are, quite literally, all around us, and by learning about the structures and processes of our planet, we may be surprised to discover just how prominent a place geoscience occupies in our daily lives and even our thought patterns.

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