Kentucky Geological Survey will host open house October 11, 6–8 p.m.

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Earth Science Week will be observed nationwide Oct. 8–14, and the Kentucky Geological Survey will again promote the understanding of earth sciences with an open house that week. Students, parents, teachers, and others are invited to demonstrations and displays on a variety of natural science topics at the open house. This year’s free event, which is open to the public, is set for Wednesday evening, Oct. 11, 6–8 p.m., at the Mining and Mineral Resources Building on the UK campus.

Young visitors to the 2016 open house enjoy a virtual sandbox, provided by the UK Department of Mining Engineering.

Earth Science Week has been promoted by the American Geosciences Institute and other organizations since 1998 to improve the public’s understanding of and appreciation for the earth sciences.

KGS scientists set up displays each year about their research, and other groups, including students from the UK Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, the Kentucky Paleontological Society, and the Bluegrass Gem and Mineral Club, also have exhibits.

 The open house has drawn up to 250 people in the recent past to learn about subjects ranging from rocks and fossils to minerals and meteorites, geologic hazards, volcanoes, and water resources. The Survey looks for new

displays each year, and this year the “Quake Cottage” from the Indiana Geological Survey is scheduled to be on display. The cottage is a trailer that simulates the shaking experienced during earthquakes, ranging from 3.0 to 7.0 magnitude. A replica of a typical living room (with furnishings fastened down to protect occupants) is set up inside to demonstrate the effectiveness of measures to protect lives and prevent damage.

Teachers in public, private, and home schools in Fayette and surrounding counties are urged to let their students know about this annual educational event. Many teachers provide their students with scavenger-hunt lists, challenging them to find particular displays and learn from the scientists who staff them. KGS provides students with certificates of attendance, helping them earn academic credit for participating in the open house.

Parking Structure 2, next to the Mining and Mineral Resources Building, will be available for free public parking after 5 p.m.
More information on the event will be posted on the KGS website,, as the open house date gets closer. More information about the national Earth Science Week can be found at

A volcano demonstration by Pete Idstein of the UK Department of Earth and Environmental Science has been a crowd pleaser at the open house.


Last Modified on 2023-01-05
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