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What is Geoscience?

Geoscience is the study of the earth and its natural systems. Although it deals with all of earth’s systems (biosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and geosphere), one of it’s greatest uses is the development of our natural resources. Natural resources include minerals, metals, oil, aggregates, soil, and water resources. Geoscience often includes other areas of science such as biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and engineering.


Geoscientists can work in an office, or in the field. They can work for multiple levels of government departments and agencies, post-secondary institutions (such as Memorial University and College of the North Atlantic), industry consulting firms, or are self-employed.


The Geoscience Atlas of Newfoundland and Labrador is a digital map database that contains information on the geology, geochemistry and mineral potential of Newfoundland and Labrador. The atlas was developed by the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) in collaboration with Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN).