Environmental geologists use their knowledge of geology to solve environmental issues. These issues can be human caused, such as land contaminated by mining processes, or environmental, such as natural water contamination.
A large sector for environmental geologists is contaminated land. Past practices and industries have left an impact on the rocks, soils and water of land. That land now needs to be treated and have the contaminants removed.
An environmental geologist will often conduct site investigations, collect field data, test samples in a laboratory and then plan or report on their findings.
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