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The plate tectonics revolution of the 20th century elegantly explained why most earthquakes occur where they do – at Earth's plate boundaries. It didn't explain, however, the occurrence of intraplate quakes and the deformation processes that give rise to them. As a result, geologists studying areas like the central U.S., western Europe, and Australia, don't know what causes these quakes, how often they will happen in the future, and how dangerous they are.”(2007 GSA Press release)



“GOSAN IS BORN”

The time frame under reference is 2000. GOSAN, an alumni association of graduates of the DoG (Department of Geology, University of Kerala, Kariavattom Campus 695 581), is in fact the first of its kind to have come into being in the university of Kerala (UoK), when only informal deliberations and discussions were in the air, and especially in the office of VC Dr Ekbal. Seeking, earning and accruing monetary contributions from former graduates (who have prospered in life and career) was a moot point.

  

When I morphed into the HoD’s chair, in the DoG of the UoK (in July 2000), my colleague, Roy Chacko had raised an important point, regarding installation of an intercom system in the DoG, despite the fact that Department has been around for more than 40 yr. (The DoG came into being or let us say was born when Prof. KK Menon took over as Reader-in-Charge – perhaps in the month of June 1963). Such a system was not even considered in the DoG or even by the administration. For the question of funds for the project, Roy’s suggestion was approaching the willing donors among the former graduates of DoG.  

This has a scheme of coastal classification (Kerala specific) developed in 1983. This is the basis which could be expanded anyway like any seminal research
Sea sand of suitable type is a substitute for fine aggregate, argues Thrivikramji

Well diggers make good money every summer in Kerala by sinking shaft wells. Unfortunately these people have no scientific data to support them to put in place measure to prevent well wall caving in on them and leading to live burial and ultimately loss of life. If a modern scientific data base on the shallow lithology were available several scores lives could be saved.

The highland, midland and low land of Kerala enjoying a tropical monsoon climate in the current climate situation is boud to shift in the coming decades for worse. Unless the mind set of the several generations of dwellers are changed the state and its population will go through the severities of climate change phenomenon.