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Earth Science Open House

Contact: Ralph Derickson

 

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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. The Kentucky Paleontological Society and McConnell Springs Park are also contributing exhibits.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 14, 2003) -- An open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, 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.

“This is our most popular event of the year. It is a great way for young and old alike to explore and learn about rocks, minerals, fossils, groundwater, volcanoes, earthquakes, and much more.” 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. The Kentucky Paleontological Society and McConnell Springs Park are also contributing exhibits.

Kids and adults will have the opportunity to upgrade their rock collections and have their unknown rocks, minerals and fossils identified by UK geologists. Other activities include dinosaur activities (see dinosaur bones and draw Tyrannosaurus Rex); videos of volcanoes in action; "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 and fluorescent (“glow in the dark”) minerals; 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 p.m. in UK Parking Structure No. 2 on Rose Street. The entrance to the parking lot is on Hilltop Avenue. For more information, visit the KGS Web site. Learn more about earth science and discover facts and fun educational activities at the Earth Science Education Network.


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