Our Hasiet's mother is a geologist. During our rock study the kids wanted her to answer the attached questions. She answered and the kids were THRILLED that a famous geologist helped them with their inquiry!!
How do people make rocks if they are not from a volcano?
Rocks occur naturally in the environment and they are formed through the natural process of
What suit does Geologist wear?
Most of the time Geologist wear outfits that would make them comfortable and safe for the
outdoor surroundings for example,
Cargo pants, hiking pants with pocket to carry cameras, compass, pencils, pocketknife,
rocks, hand lenses
Field vest ….
Backpack to carry rocks, field notes, water, rock hammer, GPS…
Hat for hot weather
What are rocks?
Rocks are solid materials which are made of two or more minerals.
Minerals are made of chemicals.
What did the lake look like?
Beseka lake is located in the Ethiopian rift valley. It is a salty lake and you can find crocodiles,
fishes and birds there.
Have you ever seen a volcano erupt?
There is active volcano going on
Depression. It is a volcano with basalt
Did you know that rocks can be anywhere?
Yes, we can find rocks anywhere
How do you make rocks big +how do you make them medium
Rocks can be made into smaller size either
- By natural processes through weathering and erosion OR
- By manmade ways ….by using explosives
What do you do to be a Geologist?
To be a Geologist, I had to finish university
Why did you want to be a Geolog
I decided to be a Geologist as I was very curious about rock
from one form to another through
in Ethiopia since 1967 until present time in a place called Afar
even underneath buildings, roads,
education and earned my degrees.
rocks formation and how they change
time (for example how limestone changes to marble
I loved going to the field, explore nature and make new discoveries, meet new people and learn
their way of lives. It was a lot of fun.
How do you know all this stuff about rocks?
I went to the university and took courses on different kinds of rocks, minerals, use of rocks and
how to explore and mine them.
Did you find lots of rocks near the river you told us about?
Yes, there were many volcanic rocks around the lake. Some of the rocks had some fractures to
hold water and the water is called groundwater.
What color could be a rock?
Rocks can have different colors, mainly depends on the color of the minerals they are made of
and how much they have changed through time.
When did you find different kind of rocks?
I found various kinds of rocks when I was working in the mine. It was a Gold mine and I found
cool rocks there.
What type of rocks are they that you found?
I found basalt, granite, ignimbrite, obsidian, sandstone, pumice limestone, mudstone, shale,
slate, marble, schist, quartzite, scoria……
When did you discover the lake?
I saw the lake for the first time in 2005 when I was in the area for another field work.
Do you know the biggest rock in the world?
Uluru is the largest rock in the world and it is located in Australia and made of sandstone.
What places do you go to find different rocks?
I went to many places to discover and study rocks especially outside cities where I can find rock
Did you know that diamonds are the hardest rock of all?
Yes, diamond is the hardest mineral on earth.
Did you know that glass is made out of rocks?
Yes, glass is made from sand which contains the mineral called Quartz.
Did you find diamonds?
No, I haven’t found diamond so far. But I used to work in the Gold mine and found many kilo of
gold and silver.
Do you know the softest rock in the world?
Talc is the softest mineral on earth. It is so soft, you can even scratch it with your finger nail.
How many types of rocks are there in the world?
There are three types of rocks:
1. Volcanic rocks : example basalt
2. Sedimentary rocks: example limestone
3. Metamorphic rocks : example marble
Did you know that sand is made of rocks?
Yes, when rocks break down into smaller & smaller pieces, they turn into sand.
Did Jesus invent rocks or did somebody else invent them?
Rocks occur naturally in our environment like water, air, sun, moon, stars and I believe all
natural things are created in an amazing way by our creator, God