Garnet research provides clues about Earth’s history, future
McCausland Fellow Besim Dragovic has something many of us may not — a favorite mineral. It’s garnet, of course.
- Many people recognize garnet as January’s birthstone or, around USC, as one of the school colors. Less widely known, however, is that garnet is a mineral that carries a wealth of information about unique locations on Earth and their history.
- Dragovic, a geochronologist and assistant professor in the School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment at the College of Arts and Sciences, collects rock specimens containing garnet from around the world.
Bottom line: By studying the substances trapped inside the rust-colored rocks, Dragovic can detect if and when past events like mountain building, earthquakes and volcanoes occurred in a region. This information is used to help scientists predict or more closely monitor natural hazards.
Learn more about Besim Dragovic's garnet research.