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Geological Tools

There are some items that a geologist never leaves home without.

GPS

A GPS can be handy if you don't know whether you're coming or going. It can be used to find your location anywhere on earth to within a matter of feet. It gives you your elevation, distance traveled, and can even show you the way back to you're field vehicle if you get hopelessly lost.

Brunton

A Brunton pocket transit is a must for any field expedition. Think of it as a compass on steroids. Your Brunton will eventually become your best friend, with it many uses. You can use it to find strike and dip, shoot a bearing... it even tells you which way is north!

Hammer

The almightly geology hammer... perfect for beating on outcrops or the heads of irritating classmates. No geologist would be caught dead without one. I personally recommend the Estwing brand. Geology hammers and picks come in several shapes and sizes.

lens


A hand lens is another useful little item. They're great for getting up close and personal with your samples. Looking at a rock at 10x magnification can be very informative, after all.



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