Some kids just love to collect rocks; others want to learn all about them.
Hobby Name: Geology
Why It’s Cool: Understand the past and learn about the future
Alternate Names: Geologist; Earth Scientist; Rock Hunter
Years to Master: 2 years
Whether you want to examine lapidary, the art of cutting and polishing rocks/minerals, or simply find patterns in nature, geology holds the answers. Volcanoes? Check! Dirt? Check! Erosion? Yup, that too!
Geology allows hobbyists to learn about dinosaur fossils and study the seismology of earthquakes. There’s something for everyone!
For many kids, rocks are the stars of the show. After all, they tell the story of the earth. Once you learn how to put a rock into one of three categories, igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic, your collection can get rolling! A geologist’s hammer and a handheld lens are often all children need to get started with a geology hobby.