Geologists need to use scientific vocabularies to describe their exploration targets and the environments they occur in.  The words in these vocabularies occur within sometimes complex taxonomies, such as the taxonomy of rocks, the taxonomy of minerals and the taxonomy of geological time, to mention only a few. 

Minerva's AI elements incorporate these taxonomies into their reasoning (they know, for example, that basalt is a volcanic rock, but granite is not).  For this reason, Minerva is a strong supporter of and contributor to the development and maintenance of internationally-curated vocabulary standards.

To learn more about earth science taxonomies, please visit Commission for the Management and Application of Geoscience Information.

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