Gov. Jay Nixon proclaims Earth Science Week Oct. 14-20

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Gov. Jay Nixon declared the week of Oct. 14 through Oct. 20 as Earth Science Week 2012 to bring awareness to the fact that earth sciences are fundamental to the health, safety and welfare of all Missourians.
Early 19th Century Mining in Missouri, Photo courtesy MO DNR

“Discovering Careers in the Earth Sciences” was selected by the American Geosciences Institute as the theme of Earth Science Week 2012 to boost awareness about the geosciences and the many exciting career and job opportunities in the field. Through careers in geology, geophysics, oceanography, hydrology, paleontology, earth science education and many other fields, they enhance our understanding of Earth processes and improve the quality of human life.

Organized in 1998 by American Geosciences Institute, the Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Geology and Land Survey and other sponsors participate as a service to the public and the geoscience community. The program is supported by the U.S. Geological Survey, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Park Service and other major geoscience groups.

On Wednesday, Oct. 17, the third annual National Fossil Day will be celebrated when the department will host special exhibits at the Ed Clark Museum of Missouri Geology. Visitors to the museum will receive a small Crinoid stem fossil (the official state fossil) to add to their personal collections.

A highlight of this year’s activities will include the first-ever Geologic Map Day. Geologic Map Day will be held Friday, Oct. 19 to promote awareness of the study, uses, importance of geologic mapping for education, science, business, and a variety of public policy concerns.

Geologic Map Day and National Fossil Day exhibits will be on display from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Ed Clark Museum of Missouri Geology weekdays, during Earth Science Week. The museum is located at 111 Fairgrounds Road, Rolla. Admission is always free. The museum is also open to the public for self-guided tours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Visitors can learn about geologic maps, Missouri fossils and see an impressive assortment of rocks, minerals, fossils and other items relating to geology. Additional information may be found on the division’s website.