Earth Sciences covers a wide spectrum of scientific disciplines focused on the study of our planet. Geology is probably the most prominent and is the study of the evolution of the planet and of life on it. Geology is further divided into different branches according to the object of study. Solid rocks and their mineral components are studied by petrology and mineralogy. The evolution of life and description of its ancient forms is the subject of palaeontology. Economic geology covers earth materials used for economic and industrial purposes and includes ore deposits and oil & gas reservoirs. The findings of mineralogy and economic geology are applied in extractive metallurgy – a scientific engineering discipline focused on ore processing.
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