Geoscience education studies how the Earth’s spheres, the geosphere, atmosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere interact through the dynamic Earth system.

Anthropogenic, human activities affect the balance of this system, for example

  • burning of fossil fuels can cause climate change
  • unwise exploitation of resources can devastate landscapes
  • over exploitation of water supplies can cause them to dry up
  • pollution can affect all the Earth’s spheres

Meanwhile natural hazards can impact human activities, including earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic reactions, storms, floods and landslides.

The study of geoscience helps us to understand these processes, tackle the issues involved and improve the human experience of the planet Earth.

school childrenThe aims of the International Geoscience Education Organisation (IGEO) are to promote geoscience education internationally at all levels, childrento encourage developments raising public awareness of geoscience, particularly amongst younger people, fpage2to work for enhancement of the quality of geoscience education internationally

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