I am a geologist who aims to show people that we have the best job on the planet. Not only do we get to work outside, we do so in the most amazing places on the planet.


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You commute to work on a C-17 Globemaster (to Antarctica)…

or in a R44 helicopter (in Alaska)…

or by horse (in Argentina)…

or on a boat with this awesome dude (in Papua New Guinea)…

or on a yak (in Bhutan).

Accommodation on business trips is rarely in a hotel (in Alaska)…

with no din of traffic to wake you in the morning (in Tibet)…

and your life is basically one continuous North Face advertisement (in Tibet).

Most of the time the weather is quite pleasant (in the South Georgia Islands)…

but at times it does get a bit cold (in Antarctica).

The food is local, organic, and always fantastic (in Seram, Indonesia)…

glacial water for refreshment (in Greenland)…

and butter tea before bed (in Tibet).

As a geologist, there is usually a lot of walking involved (in Bhutan)…

and fording rivers (in Alaska)…

and even across ancient ocean floor (pillow basalt in Oman)…

sometimes in the rain (in New Guinea)…

sometimes high in the snowy mountains (in Nepal)…

or on slippery sand dunes (in China)…

but the vistas are always worth it (in Greenland)…

did I say the vistas are ALWAYS worth it (in Alaska)…

no really, the vistas are totally worth it (in California).

Although most of the time we are looking at rocks (in Argentina)…

for the rocks are why we climb the mountains (in UAE)…

and they really do have exciting stories to tell (in Madagascar).

Sometimes the rocks are in the desert (in Namibia)…

and sometimes they are in caves (in Spain).

Sometimes we work on the coast (in the Grenadines)…

and sometimes on the tops of volcanoes (in the Cascades).

From the oldest rocks on the planet (Acasta gneiss, Canada)…

to shifting sand dunes (in China)…

to fresh lava (in Hawaii)…

to a simple roadcut (in Bosnia & Herzegovina)…

we truly do love rocks (in Maine)…

Geologists truly do have the best job (in Argentina).

Come on, who else get’s paid to smash rocks with a sledge hammer on the beach (in South Africa)?