27, 2001 (Lexington, Ky.) -- An
open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at
the Kentucky Geological Survey and the Department
of Geological Sciences is part of the University of
Kentucky's celebration of Earth Science Week.
house will include many activities for young persons
aimed at improving their understanding of dinosaurs
and geology, said Carol Ruthven of the Kentucky Geological
and the UK Geological Sciences Department are co-sponsoring
the open house at the Mining and Mineral Resources
Building on Rose Street and the Slone Research Building
on Washington Avenue at Gladstone Avenue.
and adults will be interested in upgrading their rock
collections and having their rocks, minerals and fossils
identified by UK geologists at "The Trading Post."
things to see and do at the open house include:
activities including identifying dinosaur bones and
making a drawing of Tyrannosaurus rex (T. rex).
and slide shows of volcanoes, dinosaurs, and other
Rock Pile:" Kids and adults can sort through a pile
of rocks and minerals and gather material to add to
a collection or start a new collection.
under the microscope: look at volcanic rocks from
Mount St. Helen's and Kilauea, the world's most active
volcano located on the big island of Hawaii, with
special microscopes used to examine rocks in detail.
in the Dark fluorescent minerals.
tours of rocks, mineral, fossil, and meteorite displays.
exhibit using models of sand aquifers.
activities, including operation of a home-built seismometer,
a hands-on activity involving geophones and recording
of artificial earthquakes and "seismic" waves. Copies
of the seismometer plans will be made available to
visitors along with tips on how to build your own
is available for the Earth Science Open House in UK
Parking Structure 2; access available from Hilltop
about earth science and discover facts and fun educational
activities at the Earth Science Education Network.