Engineering geology

Geology Tools

Geologists use a lot of tools to aid their studies. Some of the most common tools used are compasses, rock hammers, hand lenses, and field books.

Best Geology Tools List:

Rock Hammer

A geologist’s hammer, rock hammer, rock pick, or geological pick is a hammer used for splitting and breaking rocks. In field geology, they are used to obtain a fresh surface of a rock to determine its composition, bedding orientation, nature, mineralogy, history, and field estimate of rock strength. In fossil and mineral collecting, they are employed to break rocks with the aim of revealing fossils inside. Geologist’s hammers are also sometimes used for scale in a photograph. The hammer also serves as an extension of the senses, permitting the geologist to perceive the rock’s granularity, soundness, and resistance to fracturing that may be relevant to its use or identification.

Hand Lens

Hand lenses are an ideal piece of equipment for earth science sectors, also known as jewellery loupes, they offer users the ability to view objects, samples and fauna on a magnified scale with the ease and freedom of your hand. A hand lens comprises of 2 main parts, the optics (the glass lens which provides the magnification you require) and the body, which houses the glass. The majority of our loupes are housed in a metal body, bar the plastic ones for children, and offer a range of magnification from x 10 to x 20. They are suitable for use in a range of sectors such as earth sciences, geology, geography, analysis of sediments, botany, gemology, jewellery making, entomology and more. With such a range to chose from, we are sure we can supply to what ever your skill level, child, student, teacher, professional and amateur.

Field Notebooks

Field notebooks, manufactured specifically with the geologist in mind. Suitable for use in a range of weather conditions which the earth scientist may face in the outdoors. Field notebooks come with some form of waterproof paper, and a range of pages & styles to best suite your field of work such as lined, blank, grid and even surveying level columns etc.

Handheld GPS

GPS’s are much more advanced now than they ever were, with more satellites being launched to allow for even more accuracy & a wider area being covered. Surveyors, field researchers & exploration geologists have come to reply on GPS’s along with traditional mapping skills to obtain the most accurate navigational readings they can. Garmin have long since been the top name in this field, and we can offer a range of their GPS’s from basic devices which display accurate 6 figure grid references to more advanced models which come with inbuilt cameras, the ability to geotag images, wireless transfer data & have highly sensitive receivers which can pickup satellite signals easier than before.


Classic geological compasses that are of practical use combine two functions, direction finding and navigation (especially in remote areas), and the ability to measure strike and dip of bedding surfaces and/or metamorphic foliation planes. Structural geologists (i.e. those concerned with geometry and the pattern of relative movement) also have a need to measure the plunge and plunge direction of lineations. Compasses in common use include the Brunton compass and the Silva compass.

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