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'Rock Pile' and Rock, Mineral and Fossil Exhibits
to Be Featured at UK Earth Week Open House

By Ralph Derickson

 

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Kids and adults will have the opportunity to upgrade their rock collections and have their unknown rocks, minerals and fossils identified by UK geologists at the open house.

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Oct. 15, 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) -- An open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the Kentucky Geological Survey (KGS) and the Department of Geological Sciences is part of the University of Kentucky's celebration of Earth Science Week.

"The open house will showcase earth science in a way that is both fun and educational," said Steve Greb, science education coordinator at KGS.

The open house at the Mining and Mineral Resources Building on Rose Street and in the Slone Research Building on Washington Avenue is being co-sponsored by the KGS, Department of Geological Sciences, Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute at UK, and the Tracy Farmer Center for the Environment.

Kids and adults will have the opportunity to upgrade their rock collections and have their unknown rocks, minerals and fossils identified by UK geologists at the open house.

Other activities include:

-- Dinosaur activities (dinosaur bones and drawing Tyrannosaurus Rex),

-- Slide shows,

-- "The Rock Pile" (Kids and adults can sort through a pile of rocks and minerals to add to a collection or start a new one),

-- View rocks under a microscope,

-- Fluorescent minerals ("Glow in the dark") display,

-- Guided tours of rock, mineral, fossil and meteorite displays,

-- Groundwater and water-testing activities,

-- Enviroscape, and

-- Earthquake activities.

All activities are free and open to the public. Parking is available after 4:30 p.m. in the University of Kentucky "E" and "C4" lots on Virginia Avenue, and the "E" lot beside the William T. Young Library on Columbia Avenue, next to Woodland Avenue.

For more information, visit the KGS Web site at www.uky.edu/kgs.

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


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