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When Mike Searle was a kid, he lived in Oman in the Middle East. "We used to camp in the mountains," he says. "We were surrounded by an incredible moonlike landscape and there were fossils all over!" That got Searle hooked on rocks from a very young age.

Now a geology professor at Oxford University in England, Searle spends about five months each year on research expeditions. He and his students study rocks in places such as the Himalayas. "To really get your nose into the rocks, you have to travel off the main path," says Searle. "You need good trekking shoes and basic climbing skills."

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Title Annotation:CAREERS
Author:Chiang, Mona
Publication:Science World
Date:Jan 14, 2008
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