As the lone geologist in my family, I receive regular harassment from my two younger brothers about being a geologist. A typical rib is, “rocks, what are they good for?” I typically respond that they are lucky to know someone who understands earth processes and systems.
I’ve been a subscriber to the USGS listserve for many years now. It’s been a great source of earth information on geology, biology, climate, energy and mapping. They are now upgrading their communications system and have made it very easy to obtain earth information that is important for understanding the materials we use, water we drink, air we breathe, biology that sustains our ecosystems and energy that we need to maintain a society. I recommend that you sign up to get their news. It’s more than just rocks.