Geologists are responsible for identifying where minerals are found and assessing the quantity and quality of them. They suggest areas that should be surveyed, for example by rovers on Mars, and prepare reports from this. These surveys can tell us about the history and evolution of planets.
A degree in geology, normally with further study at a postgraduate level.
Example UK Employers
Imperial College London
Key Stage 2 Curriculum Links
Writing: Planetary geologists suggest areas that should be surveyed and prepare reports for this.
Living things and their habitats: Planetary geologists know about different habitats and the minerals that are likely to be found there.
Evolution and inheritance: Planetary geologists infer how a planet has evolved from the minerals they observe.
Geography: Planetary geologists need to know about different climates and biomes that they might find.
Key Stage 3 Curriculum Links
Material cycles and energy: Planetary geologists know about the material cycles and their products at different stages to identify possible sources.
Atoms, elements and compounds: Planetary geologists know about different elements and how they react with each other to form different minerals.
Pure and impure substances: Planetary geologists deal with samples that may not be just one pure substance.
The periodic table: Planetary geologists know about the elements of the periodic table and the trends in reactions that can form different products which may be present in samples.
Earth and atmosphere: Planetary geologists know about conditions and minerals on Earth to compare to observations from other locations in space.
Geography: Planetary geologists know about different climates and biomes that they might find.
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