Economic Geology in Germany is traditionally linked to geochemistry and mineralogy, as deposits are considered geochemical anomalies of the Earth's crust. Germany has a long mining tradition from medieval ages that is accompanied by world-leading scientific research. Today, Germany is still a globally important producer of lignite, potash or rock salt. For our industry, infrastructure and everyday life, large quantities of raw materials are used every day.
Economic Geology faces major challenges, in which not only the complex geological processes of ore deposit formation, but also the environmental impact and the economic and social significance need to be explored. Thus, in addition to a wide range of geosciences, Economic Geology also covers aspects of social and economic sciences.