Tiruchi: Role for palaeontology in tackling climate change

TIRUCHI: Palaeontology will be the key factor for resolving all problems in the globe over in future. Efforts should be made to sensitise youth towards the seriousness of the global climatic changes and the application of palaeontology in evolving a right solution, observed the Scientist ‘G’ and Head of Geological Oceanography Division of National Institute of Oceanography, Rajiv Nigam.

Inaugurating a two-day pre-colloquium workshop on ‘Applications of micropaleontology in environmental and energy resource management’ organised by the Post-Graduate and Research Department of Geology of National College here on Monday, Dr. Rajiv Nigam said that urbanisation and industrialisation have been giving way to a series of serious problems the world over.

Despite regulatory measures and stringent actions, the adverse impact of urbanisation and industrialisation could not be checked to the desired levels. It was in this context that micropaleontology played a crucial role. “Apart from studies such as oil exploration, it would form the basis for the right solution of various climate and allied problems,” he said.

The Professor from the Post-graduate Department of Geology, Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, Nagpur, Pradeep Kundal, emphasised the need for taking up study on fossil calcareous algae in the sedimentary basins of our country. The algae, by virtue of its reef deposits, were indicative of petrol wealth. Only seven out of the total 26 sedimentary basins in India had been taken up so far for commercial production of petrol.

The former Deputy General Manager of ONGC, A. Govindan and the Principal of the college K. Anbarasu spoke. The convener and the Head of the Department of Geology of the college, V. Kumar explained the objective of the workshop.

From THE HINDU

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