FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

FAQ

Frequently asked questions: What do Geologists do and how can they help you?

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Geologists are scientists who study the Earth: its history, nature, materials and processes. The majority of EU countries have a formal recognition of the title ‘Geologist’ within a regulated profession. Malta remains the only European country that does not have any recognition of the title of 'Geologist'. This situation is detrimental to the health and safety of the Maltese public.

Find out more about how Geologists interact with Society: Geology for Society

MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT GEOLOGISTS

Malta is the last country in the EU to have a professional body for Geologists. In such circumstances, there are bound to be misconceptions about Geologists and their work.

Here are some frequently asked questions:

Are Geologists necessary?

Yes, they are, because Geologists make use of their special knowledge for the benefit of the public: e.g., exploration and development of mineral resources used in construction and industry and development of water resources, but also evaluating the stability of foundations for buildings, dams, bridges and roads, plus many others. Few other professions affect the public more than geology, especially through collaboration with the construction and engineering professions.

Are Geologists the same as engineers?

Geologists interpret, engineers design and build. Geologists are trained to consider the entire physical environment, the materials that compose it (rocks, soils, and water) and the dynamic physical and geochemical processes that drive it. Engineers are more concerned with facility design including material and structural properties along with construction and constructability considerations. In the EU, USA and other countries, Geologists and engineers generally work together making sure that all natural and man-made influences are considered in a project or setting.

Does the State register Geologists?

The majority of EU and USA States have a register of Geologists that identify and recognise Professional Geologists. Malta remains one of the few countries that does not have such a register. This situation places the Maltese public in danger relative to other European citizens.


The logo of the Malta Chamber of Geologists explained:


The crossed hammers are an international symbol of geology and Geologists. Geologists often carry a geological hammer in the field which they use to split rock and break off samples.

The Maltese Cross is also an international symbol which is closely linked to Malta's history. The white and red colours represent the colours of the Maltese flag.

Mente et malleo means by thought and hammer, which is how Geologists work out complex issues about rocks.

The green background reflects our green credentials.