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  Medical Geology is an emerging discipline that examines links between geologic materials and processes and the occurrenceof human and/or animal diseases.  It has long been recognized that the geologic environment can affect human health through acute toxicity, but the recent focus has been on chronic effects that the geologic environment can haveon human health. 
 
Medical geology is an interdisciplinary scientific field consisting of those aspects of geology as they affect human, animal and plant health.
In its broadest sense, medical geology studies exposure to or deficiency of trace elements and minerals; inhalation of ambient and anthropogenic mineral dusts and volcanic emissions; transportation, modification and concentration of organic compounds; and exposure to radionuclide's, microbes and pathogens. )