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In celebration of Earth Science Week, the Florida Geological Survey (FGS) will host its annual Open House on Friday, October 13th from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm (EDT) at offices located at 3000 Commonwealth Boulevard in Tallahassee. Earth Science Week (October 9-13) is a national event sponsored by the American Geosciences Institute. Earth Science Week “encourages people everywhere to explore the natural world and learn about the geosciences and explore the ways that geoscience illuminates natural change processes."

Drill Rig at Open House 2015

This year’s theme is Earth and Human Activity, which "promotes public understanding and stewardship of the planet, and promotes awareness of what geoscience tells us about human interaction with the planet’s natural systems and processes."

The Open House will feature the museum with a dugong skeleton, an extinct mako shark jaw, and other exhibits. One of our drill rigs and extracted core samples will be on site. Geologists will explain both the workings of the rig and answer questions about the cores and some of the cuttings we receive and process. Some examples of offshore geophysical data, including side-scan sonar and sub-bottom profiling, will be on display. There will be a station set up with rocks and fossils from Florida and elsewhere. Microscopes will be available to examine rock and sediment samples with geologists on hand to assist and interpret. For younger guests, coloring sheets highlighting prehistoric life in Florida and sea shells and Play-Doh™ for experimentation with formation of fossil molds will be available. Staff will demonstrate and offer several visualizations of our geoscience work in Florida and provide tours of the new FGS facilities.

Please see our flyer for more information.

Inquires about the Open House and Earth Science Week events should be directed to Sarah Erb (sarah.Erb@dep.state.fl.us, (850)-617-0333). National Fossil Day Logo 2017

Coinciding with Earth Science Week is National Fossil Day on October 11th.

Geologic Map Day on October 13th, is also part of the Earth Science Week celebration. Please see the links below for resources and additional information on Earth Science Week and National Fossil Day.

Earth Science Week Resources:

geologic topicsGeologic Topics sinkholesSinkholes researchResearch data and mapsData and Maps outreachOutreach & Education collectionsGeologic Collections
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Last updated: November 10, 2014

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