RockTalk: Environmental Geology in Colorado


This edition of RockTalk is an introduction to environmental geology. Digital PDF download. RT-02-02D

From the Introduction:

What is Environmental Geology?

Environmental geology is a broad term that can mean different things to different people. One of the Colorado Geological Survey’s first publications, Special Publication 1, chronicled the proceedings of “The Governor’s Conference on Environmental Geology” in 1969. The conference tackled this question head-on. At the conference, John B. Ivey broadly defined environmental geology as, “The total of all geological conditions, and influences, affecting the life and development of man.” As a well-defined engineering geology discipline has emerged during the last 30 years, a more specific definition for environmental science, and hence, environmental geology has evolved.