Department Units

Applied Geology Unit

Department Units - Applied Geology Unit

Geology is the study of the history of our planet Earth and the processes that have acted upon it. Geologists are interested in the changes that the earth has undergone and how its physical, chemical, and biological systems have interacted during it’s 4.5 billion year history. Applied geologists utilise this historical records and knowledge to predict, find and recover materials that can be used profitably by humans, including fuels, ore minerals, and building materials.

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Environmental and Water Science Unit

Department Units - Environmental and Water Science Unit

Water is the cornerstone of life as we know it.  We live in a world where more and more people rely on a limited water supply.  South Africa with an average annual rainfall of 500mm has limited water resources.  If we do not understand our water resources and the environments where they occur, we cannot manage them and then will be heading for disaster.

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UNESCO Chair in Hydrogeology

Department Units - UNESCO Chair in Hydrogeology

The new water legislation in South Africa has paved the way for the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (DWAF) to initiate the Unesco Chair in Hydrogeology based at UWC to address the capacity building urgently required for implementation of the Water Services Act of 1997 and Water Act of 1998, and to facilitate the advancement of water resources management, especially groundwater, which was neglected in past.

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