The theme of this Congress will be "The Great Travelers: Voyages to the Unifying Earth."
The phrase "Great Travelers" reflects the passion, inspiration, and effort of past, present, and future geologists to unveil the origins, interactions, and evolution of the Earth's systems and emphasizes the participants at the IGC 2024 Busan who will advance our existing knowledge of the physical and chemical processes of the Earth's interior and surfaces, as well as other planetary bodies.
The phrase "Unifying Earth" refers to cutting-edge experiments, monitoring, observations, and theoretical endeavors to explore the fundamental nature and interaction of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and geosphere from the Hadean magma ocean covering the Earth in its early history to its current stratified structures, from that of a human lifetime to the billions of years of the geologic timescale. Such efforts contribute to revealing hidden signatures of the evolutionary path of the Earth's systems. As we stand on the threshold of what may be called the Anthropocene, where an ecosystem is irreversibly influenced by human activities, the active discussions, discoveries, principal findings, and development of knowledge during IGC 2024, Busan will assist us to predict better and solve anthropogenic global environmental changes, natural hazards, and changes in terrestrial and marine resources and ecosystems.
Particularly, IGC 2024 Busan will contribute to establishing a global network of "E-geology," such as a "Virtual Fieldwork Program" connecting important geological sites through the internet. Access to relevant information about important geological sites will be available online. This will lead to a new evolution in the future of geological science education.
Combining elements unique to the geological settings of East Asia and advances in electronics and internet technology in Korea, Busan IGC 2024 offers an exciting stage where geologists from all across the globe can celebrate new geological discoveries and scientific breakthroughs aided by one of the world's best web-based infrastructures. The scope of the scientific program consists of a broad range of topics, including mineralogy, resource geology and economic geology, structural geology, history of geological sciences, and big data and artificial intelligence in geosciences.
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