brings together earth scientists and medical/public health researchers to address health problems caused or exacerbated by geologic materials and processes--such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and atmospheric dust.
Geoscientists and medical researchers bring to medical geology
an arsenal of valuable techniques and tools that can be applied to health problems caused by geologic materials and processes.
The two sides' geology organizations will cooperate in various fields including data analysis, exploration, topography, petrology, medical geology
, seismology, geographical information systems, soil mechanics and training.
The study of geochemical hazards is at the core of Medical Geology, and is an increasingly important part of environmental health research in Canada.
Essentials of Medical Geology, Impact of the Natural Environment on Public Health: Academic Press, p.
Medical geology, the science that deals with the impacts of natural geologic materials and processes on animal and human health, attempts to bridge this gap by increasing the awareness about these issues in the geosciences and biomedical communities, and by stimulating increased research collaboration among these disciplines.
Thus, medical geology may be considered as a complementary discipline to the established field of environmental health focusing on how the natural environment impacts health.
He is a pioneer in the emerging field of medical geology
and served as the first elected chair of the Geological Society of America's Geology and Health Division.
, which examines the impacts of geologic materials and processes on human and ecosystem health including both natural and anthropogenic sources of potential health problems, includes animal and plant diseases.
Conservation medicine--or ecological medicine, or medical geology
, or whatever it may be called by various advocates--is rushing headlong against a decades-long trend of specialization in medicine and the sciences.