What I Love About Geology and Petrology

Having a fascination with rocks, I am interested in petrology. A petrologist is a geologist or earth scientist who specializes in studying rocks and minerals. You can research petrology as a course of study at colleges and universities. There are several things I learn about in my job, including the formation of rocks, what rocks contain, how their composition and structure change over time, and what weather does to rocks. A petrologist is a geologist who studies the formation of rock strata and the types of rocks within them.

"Here is a great image of the Earth's crust and layers that I found and regularly use." - Mingda Pang

My understanding of the Earth’s crust is based on imaging studies and core samples. When I am in the lab, I synthesize rocks and observe how they form in different environments as they are synthesized. As a geologist, I can test hypotheses and replicate the conditions in nature, allowing me to gain a deeper understanding of rocks. As part of the laboratory equipment, mass spectrometers are available to determine a rock’s composition. There is nothing I enjoy more than making rocks. Even though they appear to be clouds, nebulae, and luminaries, they are rock formations.

Mountains from Mingda's trip to Colorado.

The truth is that rocks may be helpful, but they are ugly simultaneously. In addition to building with them, I use them for going inside and outside my house, digging metal, carving, and bouncing over a lake. Knowing how they formed makes that a lot easier to understand. You may be able to combine them in a lab to see what happens. Since childhood, I have always been curious about everything around me. As a chemistry student, you are taught that the building blocks of water are hydrogen and oxygen atoms, and we are all composed of carbon atoms. As far as I remember, the only time I ever did that was to put calcium metal in water and wait for it to bubble up. Is there anything else that the other elements do besides these two?

The names rubidium, osmium, and barium sound funny to me, don’t they? Can you tell me if they exist anywhere? Is it possible for me to handle some polonium, or where are they located? A risky proposition. As a teenager, I did not pay much attention to the thoughts racing through my head. Rather than worrying about skipping classes I didn’t want to take, I was mainly concerned about whether she would accept my request. We are going to go now. Let’s do it. With time, I will have to figure out what I would like to study now that I am older. As it turns out, since geoscience is a relatively easy subject, I am more interested in that field.

My undergraduate years were filled with asking girls out and wondering what things are made of, as I used to do in high school. There is no such thing as a natural science in geology. For scientists, it’s all about scrubbing up and doing experiments all day long, whereas what I do is rock hammering and climbing mountains all day long! I find that to be pretty cool. My interest in petrology grew throughout my studies as I learned more about it. Exciting things occur when mixing iron, aluminum, magnesium, and silicon under different pressures and temperatures. There was a teacher in my high school who taught chemistry, and he was so dull. While tutoring my friends, I became more interested in rare earth elements as I learned more about them.

My good friend climbing a beautiful rock formation.

Even though I had a lot of fun researching the rocks I collected, I felt something was missing from the research. I think this is what he did; he experimented and showed that to me, so I guess it is correct. We feel that we did not dig deep enough into the matter. As a result, I was determined to find out what was happening. Back in my childhood, I always wanted to be one of those guys who did experiments, but I didn’t get the chance. After I started researching rocks, it turned out that I discovered which petrology lab has a world-famous reputation. There were some difficulties initially, but with time I found that many supervisors were helpful and treated me with great respect. It’s interesting to see what happens if you put random stuff into a capsule.

My petrology experiments are astonishing to me due to their inexplicable nature. Geology is just hammering stuff together; that’s what it is all about. Petroleum geologists, in real life, are mechanics with the pretense of being scientists. There are now several hard-to-find elements on shelves that are part of the periodic table. All you have to do is play around with it, and you will be able to get the hang of it. There is a chance for you to take advantage of it. The process of melting rocks is what creates magma. The process is carried out in a safe, controlled environment, so you will not get injured if anything goes wrong. In our work, we aim to take essential elements and make things that no one has ever made. You might get a lucky break if you throw random things into the pot.

All this is done using saws, hammers, presses, mills, grinders, drills, lathes, and welders. It is now possible for us to press synthetic rocks hard with the machines we have today. It would be interesting to see what happens if you place it on a small rock. Okay, that’s something we can handle. Put a big rock on your head and keep it there for the next few minutes. That’s a lot of weight. Can you imagine what a cubic meter would look like if filled with a rock? There seems to be a lot going on in your life. Let’s say you must carry 40 km of rock around with you. I am using much pressure in my experiments, but it is nothing compared to my classmates’ pressure. There are certain situations where the temperatures can get as high as 1200°C as you go deeper into the Earth. In terms of cylinder-piston machines, you can do a great deal with them.

Our job is not only fun, but it is also our profession. The science behind this is cool. Naturally, we try to figure out how it works. It isn’t easy to describe the feeling of finding the answer to a long-standing question through an experiment I have conducted. Because of this, I am passionate about experimentation in petrology, and I think I have always been.