the study of the geology of the planet Mars
If we could safely compare terrestrial with Martian geology, or, let us say, geology with areology, we might almost be tempted to find in the present prevalance of a tint belonging to one of the earlier of our terrestrial formations an argument in favor of the theory that Mars passed through fewer stages of development during its life-bearing condition than our earth.
‘One of our main objects…is to bring in a preliminary report on the geology of Mars.’ ‘Areology,’ he corrected me. ‘You can’t possibly talk about the geology of Mars. Doesn’t make sense.’
Don Kayman was…the world’s most authoritative Areologist—which is to say, specialist in the planet Mars…. He was also a Jesuit priest. He did not think of himself as being one thing first and the other with what part of him was left over; his work was Areology, his person was priesthood.
Another part of the mystery: no one had ever explained why the northern and southern hemispheres were so different, it was the problem in areology, a solution to which might prove the key to explaining all the other enigmas of the Martian landscape, as tectonic plate theory had once explained so many different problems in geology.
The canals had been sky areology; and many more bad hypotheses had been formulated in the same way, hypotheses that were only now being tested with the rigor of ground areology.
‘Why didn’t it get turned into marble or something?’ I asked, partly to demonstrate I was not totally ignorant of areology.
You'll be all over the Triple for shooting areology students on a field trip. Great for your career.
‘Hey, you guys are the geologists. I thought you were happy to drill down that deep.’ ‘Overjoyed…. And here on Mars we’re doing areology, not geology.’
"The Planet of War", in Littell's Living Age
Earliest cite in the OED database: 1881
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