GSI Geologist, Rajesh Sagotra @sagotrasagotra: A Day in the GeoLife Series

NAME: Rajesh Sagotra

CURRENT TITLE: Geologist – Geological Survey of India (GSI)

AREA OF EXPERTISE:  Limestone Investigation

YEARS OF EXPERIENCE:  5

EDUCATION:  B.SC in Geology from Prince of Wales College; M.SC Geology University of Jammu, India

TWITTER:  @sagotrasagotra

Sagotrasagotra

Rajesh Sagotra, Geologist with the Geological Survey of India

What’s your job like?

Being part of GSI is a totally new experience. We are exposed to much fieldwork. I have traveled wide around India during trainee days and learned a diverse geological regime. I love continuing this spirit by accepting challenges.

What’s a typical day like?

To visit serene places at the interior of villages is awesome! People sometimes ask, “Why do you need this stone?” or “It looks of no value.” I remember when I got a rock which I thought was a meteorite but realized it wasn’t later.

What’s fun?

It is adventurous to move one place to another while doing geology.  While tourists go to see limestone caves as fun, we geologists see the history of its deposition and calcium oxide (CaO) value for industry use.

What’s challenging?

To understand the mystery of the rock formation which happened millions of year ago — when no one was seeing it.

What’s your advice to students?

Being a geologist, one must love nature’s play from sediment to Himalaya building.

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