Geology and Health

SpringVermont's geology contributes to many facets of human health.  Bedrock, glacial materials, and soils each have positive and/or negative impacts on water quality and air quality. Healthy human bodies require minerals and elements (ex. salt, calcium, iron) which are transferred from the geologic environment through the food chain. Some geologic materials may filter contaminants so they do not reach groundwater supplies.

Geology and Hazards

Great Brook LandslideThe Vermont Geological Survey provides reliable, science-based information about frequency, magnitude, extent, and consequences of physical hazards, and when possible, hazard avoidance strategies.  To address potential risks, the Division conducts local and regional hazard assessments such as the

Vermont Geological Survey

The Vermont Geological Survey, also known as the Division of Geology and Mineral Resources in the Department of Environmental Conservation, conducts research and mapping relating to the geology, resources and topography of the State. Accessible geoscience data, maps and publications provide a foundation for understanding and stewardship of natural resources.


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