…I could apply for a joint medical degree, because sometimes rocks need doctoring.
…Sometimes a rock hammer wouldn’t be enough to deal with those really stubborn minerals.
…I could give up hand lenses, thin sections, petrographic microscopes, microprobes, XRD, and point counting for this…
(although a good geologist would never give up their hand lens)
…It wouldn’t take me until the end of the episode to figure out that I could use the local geologic resources to make a cannon to fire at the angry dinosaur-type aliens.
…I’d be really popular whenever Scotty needed some new dilithium crystals.
Unfortunately, I’m not a geologist on Star Trek (they tend to be rather expendable, at any rate). But I will be a geologist watching Star Trek when the movie comes out on Friday!
(Sorry for the sparse posting – grading and finishing up the final version of my thesis proposal is eating up all my time! Something more substantial later this week, I promise.)