Top banner

Doon School boy to represent the country at the Earth Science Olympiad

Advait Ganapthy qualified for the International stage of the Earth Science Olympiad to be held in Nice, France. A camp was organised at Anna University (also known as Guindy college of engineering) in Chennai over a period of 20 days. Each day had a rigorous schedule of over 10 hours of lectures delivered by eminent earth science professors around the country. The lectures varied from one on Atmospheric Physics delivered by Dr Som Kumar Sharma from PRL Ahmedabad to another on Magma formation by Dr Raymond Duraiswamy from Pune University.

Lecturers had come from various parts of the country such as Kashmir, Kutcch, Pune , Mumbai and Pondicherry. Topics covered were petrology, geomorphology, astronomy, environmental sciences and various other components of earth sciences. There were also field trips to Mahabalipuram in which various geological methods were learnt such as finding the strike and dip of the terrain. Rock and mineral identification were also important aspects of the practical examination,

At the end of the camp there was a theory and practical paper in which he stood first and has been selected to represent the country in France this August. The exam was a huge achievement for Advait who feels that the interdisciplinary nature of Earth Science has allowed him to combine Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Math and apply them together.