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Why did you become a geologist? How did Montana's mountains form?
How did Montana's mountains form?
Chuck Said
When I was 18 years old, I went to Montana and saw spectacular mountains. I wandered around the mountains to try to figure out how they formed.

My mother was actually a geologist, so she probably inspired me without my knowing it. She worked for an oil company, helping them decide where to look for minerals in the deep sea. When I was young, she took me occasionally to old rock quarries to look for fossils and minerals.

When I went to college, I wanted to study history. But some great teachers inspired me to switch to studying the Earth.