On 9 March 2023, three Spanish geologists, two of them postgraduate students, died during field work in a potash mine in Súria (Catalonia, Spain). The European Federation of Geologists (EFG) expresses its condolences to the families of the deceased geologists and to the Spanish Association of Professional Geologists (Ilustre Colegio Oficial de Geólogos, ICOG).

The geological profession offers many exciting, beautiful, adventurous, and rewarding possibilities in a person’s career. At the same time, it also brings peril to geologists that are not often discussed. We, geologists, are always at the forefront of exploration to sustain and improve societal quality of life and are, as such, occasionally facing severe injury risks, occasionally resulting in deaths.

Losing a life is always tragic and sad. Losing a fellow expert touches the whole profession to its deepest feelings and brings out the call to help in the best possible way. In cooperation with ICOG, EFG is committed to doing its best to help the families of deceased geologists.

The whole community of professional geologists in Europe and abroad shares consolation and grief on this recent tragic event

Please read the full condolence message here.