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Department of Earth Sciences


The Department of Earth Sciences offers academic programmes leading to M.Sc. (Applied Geology), M.Sc. (Applied Geophysics), M.Tech (Geo-Exploration), M.Tech (Petroleum Geoscience) and Doctoral degrees. The annually intake of students is 34 in M.Sc. (Applied Geology), 20 in M.Sc.(Applied Geophysics), 38 in both M.Tech programmes and 15 in the Ph.D. programme. Currently, the Department has 20 faculty members, 48 research scholars, 45 M.Tech. students and 90 M.Sc. students.

The two year M.Scprogrammes in Applied Geology and Applied Geophysics build a strong theoretical and practical framework in Earth Sciences to enable students to tackle routine work in industry as well as to take up research in challenging new areas.

The Applied Geology programme involves advanced courses in several fields of applied geosciences such as economic geology, geological and geochemical exploration, geochemistry, engineering geology, environmental geology, climate geology, mineralogy, mining geology, petrology, palaeontology, petroleum geology, ore petrology, remote sensing, sedimentology, structural geology, etc. Equal emphasis is placed on practical training in field-based skills and laboratory studies. There are two educational field programmes in the 2nd and 4th semesters, respectively, apart from the practical industry training in mining and petroleum related industries at the end of the 2nd semester. A home paper project in the last semester provides an opportunity to students to explore their research capabilities.

The Applied Geophysics programme offers students with a strong background in Physics and Mathematics an opportunity to study the physics, structure and composition of the earth and explore its natural resources. The programme offers an advanced and specialized training for professional work in exploration, research and education.

The programme is designed to build theoretical knowledge in Geophysical fields, provide strong foundation in basic geology, develop mathematical modeling and interpretational skills through applied work in laboratories and develop the ability to carry out independent field measurements. The programme offers a blend of courses on Exploration for Petroleum, Mineral and Groundwater resources and Solid Earth Geophysics including Earthquake Seismology, Exploration Seismology, Gravity, Magnetic, Electrical and Electromagnetic methods apart from supplementary subjects such as Geophysical Signal Processing, Mathematical Physics, Programming and Geology. The programme includes two-week geological field training and a two-week visit to ONGC for training in 3-D seismic data acquisition, processing and interpretation.

On completion of the programme, students can either go for higher studies or get placements in the leading industries/ organizations in the petroleum, applications software, mining and groundwater sectors. The students have been recruited by the organizations viz., Shell India Pvt. Ltd., British Gas India Pvt. Ltd., Reliance Industries Ltd, Cairn Energy India Pvt. Ltd., Schlumberger Services India Ltd, UCIL, ONGC, GSI, GSWB and ACC.

The major areas of research in the Department include Active tectonics, Fluid and melt inclusion research, Earthquake Seismology, Electromagnetism, Geochemistry, Geomagnetic field modeling, GeothermicsGeostatistics, GPS Geodesy, Gravity and Magnetics, Geodynamics, Geochronology, Igneous petrology, Isotope geology, Metamorphic petrology, Micropaleontology, Mineralogy, Ore petrology, Organic Geochemistry, Petroleum geology, Remote sensing, Rock physics & engineering, Sedimentology, Seismic modeling & Inversion, Structural Geology, Thermo Chronology and Volcanology. Research work carried out in the Department leads to above 50 research publications per year in reputed journals.

The Department supports well-equipped laboratories that aid in teaching and research activities. Some of the major research facilities available are X-ray diffractometer, SEM-EDAX, UV-Visible spectrophotometer, FTIR,  Differential GPS, VNIR-TIR Spectro radiometer, Laser Raman Spectrometer, ICP-AES, AAS, EPMA, Transmitted and reflected microscopes, Cathodo-luminescence microscope, Heating and freezing stage for fluid inclusion study, Triaxial, tensile and shear strength equipments, Blast vibration monitors, Tape extensiometer, Magnetic susceptibility systems, Sandbox deformation rigs, Raman spectrometer, Noble (Ar-Ar) gas mass spectrometer, Broadband seismographs, Fluxgate and Proton precession magnetometers, Gravity meter, Fission Track, Rock eval pyrolysis, EPMA, Electrical resistivity, VLF-EM and Magneto telluric equipments, Computational facilities, Softwares for data processing, Modeling and interpretation, 3D seismic and well log data sets.

Besides the departmental infrastructure, students and faculty have access to various facilities of other departments and centres.

For more information, see http://www.geos.iitb.ac.in 


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