Jasmine Flowers, Kylie Pray, Marcos Cantoran, Victor Sanchez
Job Description, Working Conditons
-The floors and margins of the oceans
-Descriptions of topography
-Composition of bottom materials
-Interaction of sediments and rocks with air and sea water
-Effects of movement in the mantle on the sea floor
-Action of wave energy in the submarine crust of the earth
-Map features of the ocean floor
Working conditions for marine geologists include:
-40-70 hours per week
-Labs or offices
-Work in cramped spaces
-Physically demanding (Ex. Small space, climbing & crawling, lift heavy objects, stand for long periods of time, work with little light, ect.)
-Potential allergens and irritants (Ex. Fuels, cleaners, dust, fumes, smokes, gases, ect.)
-Hazardous/dangerous conditions (Ex. Slippery surfaces, ladders, working aloft, ect.)
-SONAR: Used to see how deep the sea floor is.
-Fathometer: Measures depth; used to profile ocean floor when net is dragged to prevent getting caught.
-Bucket Thermometer: Measures temperature; used to get surface area temperature when unable to reach water.
-Gravity Piston Corer: Long, heavy tube allows samples up to 90 feet in length.
Education, Salary, & Opportunities To Advance
-Bachelor of science
-Ph.D. In geology
Salary ranges from $60,000-$100,000 annually
To advance you can work:
-For the government
-A private company
-As a college professor
-In a research facility
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Pros & Cons
-Travel: There is a lot of traveling. Some might have to stay to study an area for long periods of time or go to hundreds of places and compare them.
-Food & Fisheries Production
-Mining & Production of Petroleum
-Sea Ice Studies & Ice Forecasting
-Education: You must have at least a Masters degree, but a Doctorate is preferred. It requires math, science, and chemistry. It is about 12 years worth of college education.
-Schedule: You aren't in control of your schedule. The research must be done when conditions are right. Even if it's not convenient for you. There are also deadlines imposed.
Oceanography Research Vessel
Why Do We Need Marine Geology?
-See what Earth was like millions of years ago.
-Help us understand the processes that created the ocean basins and the interactions between the ocean and the sea floor.