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By Ralph Derickson


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The Earth Science Open House, sponsored by the Kentucky Geological Survey and the UK Geological Sciences Department, will be held at the Mining and Minerals Building on Rose Street and the Slone Research Building on Washington Avenue at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10.

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Sept. 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.

The open house will include many activities for young persons aimed at improving their understanding of dinosaurs and geology, said Carol Ruthven of the Kentucky Geological Survey.

The KGS 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.

Children 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."

Additional things to see and do at the open house include:

-- Dinosaur activities including identifying dinosaur bones and making a drawing of Tyrannosaurus rex (T. rex).

-- Videos and slide shows of volcanoes, dinosaurs, and other topics.

-- "The 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.

-- Rocks 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.

-- Glow in the Dark fluorescent minerals.

-- Guided tours of rocks, mineral, fossil, and meteorite displays.

-- Groundwater exhibit using models of sand aquifers.

-- Seismology 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 seismometer.

Parking is available for the Earth Science Open House in UK Parking Structure 2; access available from Hilltop Avenue.

Learn more about earth science and discover facts and fun educational activities at the Earth Science Education Network.

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