Bureau Of Geology Celebrates Earth Science Week

SOCORRO, N.M. October 9, 2012 – The American Geological Institute (AGI) has sponsored Earth Science Week each year since 1998. This international event is designed to help the public, teachers, and students gain a better understanding and appreciation for the earth sciences, and to encourage proper stewardship of our planet. Celebrated October 14 to 20, the theme for this year is “Discovering Careers in the Earth Sciences.”

The New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources at New Mexico Tech sponsors this event each year. Toolkits containing a wide variety of materials are available to teachers.

Two-minute radio broadcasts on geologic subjects of interest to New Mexicans will air at 7 p.m. each day October 8 to 12 on KUNM. This year, the five scientists wrote radio scripts that focus on why they chose geological fields for their careers. The radio spots feature Bruce Harrison, Geoff Rawlings, Susie Welch, Maureen Wilks and Lewis Land. Broadcasts for this year and previous years are posted on the bureau’s website at: http://geoinfo.nmt.edu/events/esweek/home.html.

The bureau will also participate in Bosque Conservation Day on October 17, which will include a hike for students along the Rio Grande near Socorro. For more information on the bosque event contact Andrea Brophy, Friends of the Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge at: friendsee@sdc.org. For details regarding the national activities, visit AGI’s website at: http://www.earthsciweek.org/index.html.

During Earth Science Week this year the bureau will release the 20th anniversary issue of Lite Geology. First published in 1992, the periodical originated as an informative and entertaining publication focused on earth science topics and current issues in New Mexico, one that would appeal to a broad audience and serve as an outreach tool for educators and the public. Over the years the original quarterly print publication evolved into a semi-annual online publication. Today Lite Geology is available as a free download from the New Mexico Bureau of Geology website, along with the entire collection of back issues. Each issue now includes short articles, classroom activities, puzzles, and links to online resources. Each issue has a theme, and the topic for the current issue is The Evolution of the Rio Grande. Other recent issues address the Rio Grande Rift, Ancient Tsunamis, Magnification, Geothermal Energy, Extraterrestrial Geology, and Understanding Climate. Check out all these issues at: http://geoinfo.nmt.edu/publications/periodicals/litegeology/home.html.

In recognition of Earth Science Week and to offer the public an opportunity to better understand the activities, programs, and resources of the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, there will be an open house from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at the bureau’s offices on the New Mexico Tech campus. The public is invited to attend. Activities will include special mineral exhibits and informal mineral museum tours, geologic and aquifer mapping displays, mineral education demos, and a classroom earthquake emergency kit display. A 10 percent discount on all Bureau publications will be available to all walk-in customers that day. Come for door prizes, refreshments, and a cake celebrating the 20th anniversary issue of the publication Lite Geology. Additional activities will take place in the Workman Center adjacent to the mineral museum. The bureau’s offices are located on Olive Lane near Macey Center and directly across the street from the Petroleum Recovery Research Center. Come join the fun, and learn about New Mexico’s natural resources!

For further details and directions to the Open House, contact Susie Welch at: susie@nmt.edu or 575-835-5112.

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By Doug Bland/New Mexico Bureau of Geology