As humans, it’s in our nature to search for the truths of the world, how it came to be, where it all started, what’s in the Earth’s structure, all the while we nurture the thurst for feeling free. Luckily, the combination of all this is the essence of certain professions, like that of geology, where the grand outdoors gets to be the office.
It’s such field professions that serve as a lesson to the importance of relying on the right set of tools to get job well done, like water resistant printer paper, and count on the desired results. Now, I know I said tools, and that’s just what paper is for geologists – a basic tool when it comes to maps, and fieldnotes like charts, sketches, notes, and drawings.
Weather can no longer be the issue for quality survey work when you can count on recyclable, wood-based water resistant printer paper, resting assured it’s designed ideally for outdoor use, so no matter whether you print or copy (make sure you buy paper suitable for printers and copiers) it can make it through even the wettest conditions, including surviving leaks, and floods.
Moving on to more field necessities, you can’t survive without the proper sample bags either. It’s equally important to adequately store, as well as transport the samples, to protect them from contamination as well as damage, so it’s advisable not to overlook the zip plastic bags, with their heavy duty puncture, tear resistant, and recycling properties. Thick polypropylene as the material they’re made of is a sign you should pile up on them.
Along with maps, technology can come in handy in the form of upgraded compasses, with plenty of useful features, as the digital type is equipped with, and of course GPS devices.
In relation to this, because you never know how long you’d actually stay outdoors, hunting for the better samples, always have a lighting source with you. LED torches and headlights can be your perfect companions when it comes to the right amount of light output, as well as battery life.
Now then, more tools! The hammer is the constant ally when collecting samples, and depending on the samples themselves you have the choice to opt for the short sledge (ideal for hunting for minerals), the chisel-pointed (perfect for fossils), or the cross-peen (your best buddy for rock splitting).
Don’t forget to choose one of the long pocket tools, in the likes of screwdriver, for the not-so-easily-reached crystals. Other indispensable tools are the shovels, preferably small ones, chisels, and punches. And, last but not least, the much-needed literature to read into whenever in doubt.