Gloom to Bloom!


This winter break, let procrastination thaw away into oblivion and get your act together with resources to keep you busy!

1. Planning to prepare for the IELTS? Take a free pre-test with the official organisers online and get a score report of your performance. Limited seats available.

2. Read Darwin’s definitive book ‘ On the Origin of Species’, made available for you to read by the efforts of The Gutenberg Project.

3. Get involved with the Earthwatch Institute. They have offices all over world including India. Download their cool ‘Tree Watch Mobile App’ and participate in their new citizen science venture.

4. Love gardens and gardening but don’t have the time to pick up the shovel? Play Viridi, developed by the Ice Water Games Studio in Seattle. It is a beautiful game where you can grow your own succulents in real time.

5. The collaborative efforts of the Euro Zone to impart education in specialised sciences such as Earth Observation are commendable. The EO College was launched recently as part of these efforts and their new course on introductory concepts of Radar Remote Sensing is amazing!

That’s all for now. Leave a comment to let me know of your opinion!

Keep your eyes peeled on this blog for Nemo’s much anticipated post describing his take on courses offered by Coursera that will be published tomorrow!


A Month of Favourites!


It is my favourite month of the year and I would like to share some awesome things with you in this super short post!

My intent is to give you a list of curated links that would get you thinking ! Here are ten favourite things I would like you to check out and enjoy!

1.Firstly, the image in the beginning of this post is a view of Grantsville, US from space. Like it? Love it? What do you see? Tell me in the comments section below!

2. Infographics are excellent tools to convey complex information in visually appealing ways. Check out this cool infographic about Nanoplastic Pollution.

3. It was fantastic attending the Esri User Conference in Vancouver a couple of weeks ago! If you could not attend for some reason, you can check out the proceedings of the various sessions held during the conference from home!

4. A friend once shared the link to this website with me and I fell in love with it in an instant and you would too. Fluid web-design and compelling content make this THE website I would want to explore during my free time.

5.Next, check out this documentary that could be the subject of a much heated debate.Nonetheless, I would still want you to watch it!

6.Little do people know that William Wordsworth’s sister, Dorothy Wordworth was a great poet in her own right! Read this beautiful poem penned by her and be forever enchanted!

7.Here is something I do not indulge in often; endorse stuff. However, since everyone is fanatic about buying the shiniest, sleekest, costliest smartphones, one might as well buy an eco-friendly phone case to go along with it!  This is retail therapy that Mother Nature will surely approve of!

8. I am going to be grilled for saying this but this award-winning, beautifully designed game from Denmark is only available for iPad users. You have to download it and have a look at it yourself to be truly immersed in it. It is a psychological game that helps you overcome the fears and inhibitions you might have when you want to talk to strangers. You are guided through dense forestry, fog and vacuum like spaces to explore beyond the boundaries of your comfort zone.

9.Did you know that ‘Orienteering is an official sport? Had you ever heard of it before? It is a sport where you use a map and a compass to navigate around a landscape to reach distinct points. You can either orienteer for leisure or as a competitive sport.

10. I am always on the lookout for interesting resources of learning on the internet. Here’s a course on modelling the environment and the economics of energy to predict future trends offered by the University of Basel, Switzerland.

There you go! A sweet little post to peak your interest in what is going on in the world around us and always stay curious!

Feel free to comment and let me know if you liked any of the links that I have shared with you!

Stay Curious With Coursera- Part I


The world is fast approaching the crabs in a bucket scenario where competition is fierce. We are here to advise you to give you an extra edge to your regular curriculum vitae or resume to demonstrate to potential employers that you are that one truly passionate candidate among all others.
I suggest, you should begin working on building your skills and never stop exploring your options as soon as you begin first year studies in Geology.
There are so many facets to an education in the Earth Sciences that you must be familiar with all its branches to realize your favourite one of them all by the time you graduate.
It is also important to bolster your college studies with courses that you’ve taken online to update your knowledge with new advances in Geology.

Coursera is the sweet fruit of Stanford University’s many efforts and partnerships with fantastic top-ranked educational institutions of the world that brings to you a palette of interesting courses to choose and benefit from!

We shall be talking about the Coursera platform in THREE parts.
In the FIRST part, we shall briefly talk about the platform itself.


The platform is available for your web browser on your desktops and laptops and as an app for your smartphone and tablets.
You may download your video lectures and save them for offline viewing later.

What are the kinds of courses that are available?

There are standalone courses and then there are subject specializations that have many courses.
Specializations are great if you are keen on mastering a particular subject and require commitment to finish.


Enrollment is open all year round for most courses and depends on ‘session availability’.
You will have two options in front of you when enrolling for a course.

The first is a paid option which will make you eligible for an identity verified certificate on course completion.
The second is an unpaid option which gives you access to all of the course content save for the graded tests, exams and projects.
Therefore in order to receive something of value once you’ve studied all the course material,  I recommend using the first option and pay for the course certificate of your choice.
Do not fret if you cannot afford to pay to earn a certificate, you may apply for financial aid which is plain awesome!

Course Content

You will be taught by the very best!
There shall be video lectures, links to e-books, documents for further reading, maps, case studies and interactive media that will help you learn more about the topic of your choosing!
Look forward to key talks by guest lecturers who will be experts/scientists that will share their insight about the subject.


Whatever you have learned will be assessed in different ways. There will be discussion forums that you might be required to participate in actively. There shall be weekly quizzes that will be graded.
There will be a final exam at the end of your course and possibly a final project or essay that will be peer-reviewed and assessed.
Your final grade for any given course would reflect an average score from two or more of these assessment methods.
The passing grades are decided by whichever education institution has offered the course.
Nevertheless, whenever you complete a course, you will be rewarded with a sense of satisfaction and self-accomplishment!


Standalone courses typically cost upward of ₹ 1879 and could cost more if it is a highly technical course.
Specializations comprise three courses or more and you may choose to enroll in each individually or sign up for the specialization in totality. These cost somewhere upward of ₹10,000.
Think of these course fees as an investment that would last you a lifetime.

Financial Aid

The best part of Coursera is that if you cannot afford to take up these courses and wish to earn a certificate to prove your learning, you may apply for financial aid using their short and simple application form.
This has helped many people further their education and skills, including people like me, which is why I strongly recommend the Coursera platform for online learning.

What will you get in the end?

You will be getting up-to-date knowledge in your choice of field from experts around the world that will help you stand apart from the crowd.
You will be a part of a truly global classroom and get to interact with students of different nationalities and backgrounds and will be able to build connections !
This is your chance to challenge yourself and test your drive to master a subject all by yourself!

I believe that this is a great way to be a part of the Digitial India efforts by PM Modi because widespread access to internet means access to education for all!
Explore the Coursera platform for yourself and discover things you’d like to know more about!
You might want to wait to hear out our recommendations before enrolling!
Nemo and I shall take turns in talking about our own favourite courses SPECIFICALLY for Earth Science students in upcoming posts! 🙂

Have questions about exploring Coursera? Like posts like these? Shoot us a message or post a comment below!

It’s good to be back again!

I would like to express my sincerest apologies for this hiatus from blogging that was unprecedentedly long to say the very least.
I have only a few posts to my credit so far but I have been lucky and grateful to have received appreciation from near and far for the content on this blog.
Thank YOU for motivating me to write more ! This is for YOU !
There’s so much we need to talk about and I am super duper excited to share it all !
This week, I shall be telling you about this cool app that you can use to organize your thoughts into documents that are the very definition of minimalism and smart design. Oh, Marie Kondo would be SO proud .
Nemo and I have planned a series of posts about an empowering study platform that can change your life as much as it has changed mine, for the better! 🙂
Also, wait for posts about:
-a life-saving tool that could be indispensable to geologists while on field expeditions in remote locations
-the book that nobody ever thought of writing until NOW
-the upcoming solar eclipse! 🙂
We’ve got interviews lined up too! You’ll get to hear from a third year geology student who had the time of his life at IIT-Roorkee during his summer internship and another recent graduate who’s heading to Canada to study Mining Engineering at one of the best places to study it!
Keep your eyes peeled!
Happy reading!

Wondering who’re Nemo and Niks? Check the ‘About’ section to learn more about us! 

From one Earthling to another


Dear people of the Earth,
Do you know what “Gaea” means?
One definition is: A personification of Mother Earth; an ancient greek goddess Gaea from whom all other human beings (gods) birthed
Another meaning is that the Earth is a self-regulating system. It is regarded as a living organism made up of both living and non-living parts that together, in beautiful harmony, make life possible for every living thing that exists or will exist.
How magical is that? Did you ever think of your planet like that?
Every single atom around you – the earth you walk upon, the air you breathe, the water you consume through every cell in your body and feel alive because of – is in existence only for you.
In this busy life, where we are either constantly lost and scared, or running away from being lost and scared, we forget to appreciate – truly appreciate – what we mortals have been blessed with.
We have forgotten how the  earth feels beneath our bare feet, we keep running so fast we do not notice how sultry and spring-like the air smells, we are so lost that our naked bodies also lose touch with the therapeutic power of water against skin.
We want to diminish pollution, increase afforestation, reduce plastic, etc. but we do not know where to begin.
How can refusing a plastic straw make any difference, you say?
500 million plastic straws are used in the U.S. alone, each year.
How can supporting one eco-friendly company and buying your products from only there make a difference?
Millions of oil, plastic, toxic fumes are generated by mainstream companies that evade/violate federal environmental laws each day.
“Poverty and population cannot be helped nor regulated.”
Each time you support a company that donates it’s proceeds to charitable causes, or plants trees for every product sold, uses recyclable, bio-degradable products, or you sponsor a child somewhere, you save “something”.
And that one thing, one person, makes all the difference.
Don’t think about the big fix.
The truth of life is – if we want a change, we must be the change.
Be more attentive and cautious about each thing you do, speak, buy or use.
That is how we start to heal our already hurting planet.
This Earth Day, let us train ourselves to untrain ourselves. Let’s go back to our innate selves and be more mindful of living.
Notice. Listen. Breathe and truly breathe. Close your eyes and feel. Let’s give our Earth the love it constantly and incessantly gives us.
Fall in love with the entity that holds you, continues to give you life, and I promise you- you will find yourself again. You will finally love yourself as Gaea loves you.
Yours humbly,
Garima Singh.

This is Garima Singh’s guest post on this blog. She is a psychology student with a flair for writing and a compassionate heart for all things nature.
She has written this letter, hoping that it would strike a chord with you and that you would become more conscious of your impact on this fragile planet. 

One Earth, One Family!

I tried to do something substantial for Earth Day, which is today, and helped build a network of passionate geology students from colleges and universities across India!
I interviewed each one and it was simply great!
You can read their replies to my questions below.
Presenting, 14 determined geology students from 10 institutions of higher learning !
As prospective geologists, they are finally getting the limelight they deserve! 😀




Interested in: Micropalaeontology and Oceanography.
Memorable Field Trip Location: Shimla and Dharampur. Here,one can see the Dagshile Kasauli Formation and observe indications of the presence of the Main Boundary Fault.
She loves college because, the Igneous Petrology Laboratory has an EPMA instrument which we use for inspection of minerals and rock identification.

Message for Earth Day-
“Our Earth is full of adventures and mysteries, and I am trying to discover them all by studying about them one by one!”



Interested in: Structural Geology and Sedimentology.
Memorable Field Trip Location: Nahan, Himanchal Pradesh. There, one can get a chance to recognise the Nahan Thrust.
He loves college because, he gets to study his favourite subject, Geology!

Message for Earth Day-
“Consider the Earth as your own body. You have to keep it clean and love the way it is. ;)”


Interested in: Engineering Geology.
Memorable Field Trip Location: The Shiwaliks. One can find so many vertebrate fossils there, it’s simply amazing!
He loves college because, his university is situated in the heart of the Himalayas and he gets to admire and study about the Himalayas and its formation. 🙂

Message for Earth Day-
“Earth is not just a planet.It is a heavenly playground and it is us to us to choose to be either its guardians or its destroyers.”




Interested in: Coal Petrology
Memorable Field Trip Location: Ramgiri Gold Field,Gadag,Karnataka.
He loves college because, at NIT-Rourkela, he doesn’t study just ‘geology’,but gets to study it as an amalgamation of different sciences; Earth Science.

Message for Earth Day-
“If the Earth were a piece of art, a geologist would be ‘Picasso’.”


Interested in: Structural Geology.
Memorable Field Trip Location: Almora and nearby areas like Kausani.
She loves college because, the rock garden at her department has the best rock samples from various regions in India.They have a geology museum too that has many expensive minerals, fossils and rock samples.

Message for Earth Day-
“We don’t inherit earth from our ancestors but we borrow it from our children. Therefore,we must protect it and preserve it.”


Interested in: Oceanography.
Memorable Field Trip Location: Undoubtedly, Almora. It’s a great place to study and understand structural geology. Besides, it offers excellent views of the higher Himalayas.”
He loves college because, he believes that his department is home to experts in all major branches of geology.

Message for Earth Day-
“Let’s keep our surroundings clean, conserve electricity, learn as much as we can about the home which we call Earth and love it and leave it a better place for the future generations !”


Interested in: Remote Sensing.
Memorable Field Trip Location: Balasinor Dinosaur Fossil Park.  One can see the fossils of dinosaur teeth, bones and skull. What really wowed him were the fossils of Rajasaurus and a well preserved clutch of dinosaur eggs.
He loves college because, he get a chance to get himself acquainted with GIS software,which will help him get basic knowledge to further his studies in Geographic Information Systems.

Message for Earth Day-
“We, geologists, must join hands to protect the very Earth that we study.”

Interested in: Remote Sensing.
Memorable Field Trip Location: Jaisalmer. One can find and abundance of fossils and a few dinosaur footprints.
He loves college because, the field trips are so much fun and these field visits are the subject of envy for other departments at his college.

Message for Earth Day-
“Since Earth day is all about sustainable development, we as geologists understand the situation of our earth’s resources, be it fossil fuels or groundwater and we can do our part in preventing their exploitation from an ‘Environmental-Geological’ perspective.”



Interested in: Earth Structures and Dynamics.
Memorable Field Trip Location:Heran river bed, Rangpur. I got to observe three different compositions of volcanic dykes that are found cutting each other.
She loves college because, her department is one of the leading centres for geological research in western India. Moreover, there are numerous geological wonders for one to visit in the state of Gujarat.

Message for Earth Day-
“Earth is a never ending mystery, revealing its secrets in the most  beautiful and wonderful of ways. Solve it, learn it and Respect it.”


Interested in: Exploration Geology and Mining Geology.
Memorable Field Trip Location: Recently, I got a chance to visit Narukot, near Champaner, Gujarat, India. We were taught structural and litho-contact mapping, which was quite interesting to learn.
He loves college because, his department excels in research in Quaternary Geology and Neotectonics.

Message for Earth Day-
“The more you get to explore the Earth, the more you start loving it.”



Interested in: Geotechnical and Petroleum Geology.
Memorable Field Trip Location: Bhutinda Falls, near Dhanbad. Here , one can witness the active fluvial system for hydrocarbon preservation.
He loves college because, the name of his college is a legacy in itself! 🙂

Message for Earth Day-
“Learn, Grow, Evolve”



Interested in: Geophysics.
Memorable Field Trip Location:Karnataka, Ghokak. I got the opportunity to observe intercalated shale, 3 dykes of hornblende and amphibolite at a single place.
He loves college because, he really enjoys practical assignments in the department laboratory. 🙂

Message for Earth Day-
“The Earth and all its beings are one large family, lets keep it that way!”



Interested in: Hydrogeology.
Memorable Field Trip Location: Madan Haveli, Jabalpur. One can see the famous balancing rock there!
He loves college because, there are dinosaur egg fossils in the department laboratory and it also boasts of the National Center of Experimental Mineralogy and Petrology.

Message for Earth Day-
“Geologists don’t need a laboratory, the entire Earth is our laboratory.”



Interested in: Petrology
Memorable Field Trip Location: Malvan and Kankavali in Maharashtra and Goa. The locations show such a contrasting variation in geology from 3.2by old pre-cambrian rocks to Kaldgis to Deccan traps as well as sedimentary rocks. The metamorphic terrain is amazing and observing everything has added to my knowledge, be it small scale structures or large scale structures.
He loves college because, the professors at his university are encourage research based thinking along with analytical skill development.There is availability of sophisticated instruments and support from teachers makes it one of the best universities to study geology in India.

Message for Earth Day-
My message for Earth Day 2017 is that the planet has formed over billions of years and shows contrasting and striking difference in geology and various type of resources. Our aim as geologists should be to make effective use of resources available with proper care of environment and most important of all preservation of our heritage, geological structures for the coming generations.

I cannot express how elated I am to have finally written this post! I am so grateful to EVERYONE who sent in their responses,trusting me with their answers!
We’ve built a beautiful geology family and have celebrated Earth Day truly. 🙂
Thank you for being a part of this!

If you like this post,and the efforts that went into writing it, please leave a comment below! I’d love to read them!
Happy Earth Day everyone! 😀 ❤

This post is meant to be short

Today, I would like to share just a single 3 minute long video.
The song was composed by Ludovico Einaudi for a Greenpeace campaign to spread awareness about Climate Change.
I do not intend to write much because I want you to watch the video for yourself, listen to the music, take it all in and ponder. Deeply.
P.S. It is critical that you write a comment for this post and share what you thought and felt while watching the video.

“Elegy for the Arctic”- Ludovico Einaudi

Ludovico Einaudi performing “Elegy for the Arctic”, live.

Ludovico Einaudi is an Italian pianist and genius musical composer whose soul-stirring music touches the very heartstrings .

Heroes and Heroines of the Earth!

Only 8 days to go until Earth Day and we decided to pay our respects to those who have glorified the Earth with their great deeds!
Here is our list of heroines and heroes who have championed the cause of the Blue Planet and you MUST know about them!

5.Midnight Oil

This alternative rock band from Australia drew the world in with songs that give a pro-environment message! With exotic album names like ‘Capricornia’, ‘Blue Sky Mining’ and ‘Red Sails Sunsets’, they gave environmentalists, their very own anthem, ‘Pictures’.

4.Roz Savage


Roz Savage is a British ocean rower who is the only woman to have….wait for it…..rowed SOLO across the Indian, Atlantic and Pacific Ocean!
She read law at the University of Oxford and is an environmental advocate who also hosts fantastic motivational speech sessions!

3.Alphonse de Lamartine


Alphonse de Lamartine was a 19th century French poet who romanticised Nature best. His poems have a certain mystical attribute to them and are truly unforgettable. His poem, ‘Le Lac’, written in the language of love, French, expresses his love for Nature and paints a melancholic tapestry of ‘The Lake’ that takes one on a blissful poetic journey.

2.Sir Ernest Shakleton


Ernest Shakleton was a fearless, dauntless explorer of the Antarctic. He is a brilliant example of a ‘leader of science’ and his survival story of an epic failure which led to an epic example of courage was covered by and published in the National Geographic Magazine is a must read!

1.Nellie Bly


In 1889, NELLIE BLY COMPLETED A JOURNEY AROUND THE WORLD IN 72 DAYS! In 1889, Nellie Bly completed a journey around the world in 72 days!!
Yes, we meant to write that sentence twice! She was an American journalist, who made Jules Verne eat his words as she broke the fictional character, Phileas Fogg’s faux world record of completing a journey around the world in 80 days. and it is no wonder that she is at the top of our exclusive list of Earth’s heroes and heroines! 🙂

We hope you’ve enjoyed our list of inspiring people from the past and present! Let us know what you think in the comment section!

To Gaea, the Earth goddess – with Love


There are only 9 days to go until Earth Day and I invited fellow earthlings to write a message for Gaea, the Greek Goddess of the Earth. The responses received were phenomenal!

I decided to share a quote!

There couldn’t be a more appropriate day for me to dedicate these beautiful lines penned by one of my favourite poets.


Then there were some who sent in meaningful messages.

“Mother Earth- abode for millions of life forms. It nourishes and cherishes us, shelters and protects us.”
-Dhruv Maniktala

“We have exploited you for our gains since times immemorial but the new generation is slightly more aware and educated and we are going to try our best to protect you and repair the damages caused.”
– Roshan Adarsh Shukla

“Mother Earth, you have taken a lot on yourself. You have been the most humble when it comes to taking the pain what we all have given to you for all these years.
Thanks a lot for everything!
Whatever you are doing can never be replaced with any efforts of the whole mankind!”
-Harshvardhan Singh

“This Earth Day, let’s celebrate it by taking action. An action is a real contribution towards positive change. Now, that action could be anything and we all know about it, the point is to create something for a sustainable future and for positive change today. So let’s not complain about air pollution, but create companies like ‘Tesla’ or lets not complain about solid waste but set up recycling plants. 
Let’s create a habit to think and care about the planet where we live. The future will be much brighter if we turn over a new leaf now!
Let’s come together to make our planet better!”
-Ankit Maisuriya

Some decided to share beautiful poetry written by them!

“What a wonderful joy it is to see,
The Beauty of nature and its majesty.

Everything blends, entwines and embraces,
Spaced precisely in their desginated places.
The scent of fresh rain in spring,
The fresh air gasping through your skin.
The view of fascinating landscapes when you walk outside,
The humming of birds and glittering fireflies.

Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own.

We rise from Earth, subside in the Earth.
We are a part of Her, Not apart from her.
May we always value her worth.”
-Jay Vyas

There were some who sent messages that were on point!

“One tree can make a million matches, one match can destroy a million trees.”
-Uttam Sakhreliya

“For 200 years we’ve been conquering nature. Now we’re beating it to death.
The Earth is what we all have in common.
Earth has given us so much to cherish! So why wait forEarth Day?
Let’s take a pledge today to save our planet and for future generations to cherish what we have cherished.”
-Samarth Tandon

“Dear Mother Earth, you are feeding all of us. It is our responsibility to take care of you!”
-Madhukar Bhat

“This Earth Day, let’s celebrate the beauty of Mother Earth as we do with our mothers!”
-Samiya Rahman

“Sorry for being a bad son, Mother.”
-Kedar Gokhale

And some, who thanked us for inspiring them to care for the Earth! 
Oh, we’re so grateful!

“Goddess Gaea,
I would like to express my gratitude for presenting us with the most alluring place to spend our lives, you have really done a splendid job caring for mankind, credit goes to this blog, which made me realise that how much I took the environment for granted and ignored it. I really hope you bless the people behind the blog with the utmost happiness and joy, and I shall henceforth do my part to take care of the Earth.”
-Abhinav Paliwal

Thank you everyone for being a part of this! We’re so glad that there are people who share a deep love for our planet! 🙂 We’re still accepting responses for this post because we’d like to spread the love!

Do you have a message for Earth ? 
Send it to us via the ‘Contact Us’ page or by posting it below in the comments section


The Earth is Yours


In 10 Days, we will be celebrating Earth Day and we are super duper excited to create some hype about it!
Have you ever dreamed of naming a star after a loved one or adopting a patch of rain-forest to help in forest conservation efforts? Well, you need not wait any longer.

Today, we would like to share news about this ultra cool initiative by NASA; their ‘Adopt the Planet’ Campaign for Earth Day 2017 allows you to virtually ‘adopt’ a piece of the Earth’s surface and name it yourself!

When you visit the official campaign website, you will be asked to enter a name and will be randomly assigned a unique ‘piece’ of the Earth’s surface out of 64,000 such ‘pieces’. You won’t exactly be buying it or be a legal owner of the area alloted to you but it is this sense of knowing that you love your planet and own a part of it that takes your appreciation for the Earth and its resources to a whole other level.

The area assigned to you will be 55 miles wide and will have data associated with the area of land or ocean you have adopted.

I could not contain my excitement and  went ahead and claimed my share of the Earth and have posted a screenshot for you all to see!
my earth piece

Furthermore, the best part about this campaign is that you get to understand your adopted area better because NASA has compiled data from 18 of their Earth Science  missions for you to have a look at. This data has been collected from watercraft, aircraft, ground observation stations and satellites from varying international space agencies.

You also get the opportunity to check out their Worldview tool which is from  NASA’s Earth Observing System Data and Information System or EOSDIS. This fantastic tool allows the general public to view high quality data in great resolutions and download it for further study and analysis.

Having said this, we would like to encourage you to check out NASA’s campaign page and adopt your very own share of the Earth so that no part is left unclaimed!

Lets share our love for our beautiful blue planet. ❤

We would love to know about your piece of the Earth! You can share a link to it in the comments section below. 🙂