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Thank you for visiting our site. Survey staff communicate about environmental stewardship and wise use of our precious natural resources through a broad understanding and appreciation for Missouri’s natural, cultural and energy resources. 

Having served the citizens of Missouri since 1853, our staff members strive to provide educational opportunities for Missourians. So, whether you are a parent, teacher, school administrator, home school teacher, private school employee or a citizen who is interested knowing more about our state's vast geologic resources, bedrock and surficial maps, sinkholes, earthquakes and other areas of our expertise, you are in the right place.

We are part of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Our work and products are developed for professional, technical and educational use. We invite you to read more about us and encourage you to visit our Rolla headquarters and tour our Ed Clark Museum of Missouri Geology where you will find educational displays that feature rocks, minerals, fossils, and descriptions of the geologic history of Missouri. While here, be sure to pick up some of our free literature.  We also sell Missouri geologic and topographic maps, along with a variety of technical and general-interest maps, publications, books and rock and mineral sets at our sales counter in the Buehler Building, located in Rolla at 111 Fairgrounds Road. You also can order and purchase items from The Missouri Geology Store, which is online, 24/7.

If you cannot visit us in Rolla, perhaps we will meet you at a site in our beautiful state where we spend a good deal of time outside the office assisting citizens.

Thanks for joining us during Earth Science Week

ES WeekHeld October 12-18, 2014, Earth Science Week promotes awareness of the dynamic interactions of the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, biosphere and human systems. “Earth's Connected Systems,” this year’s theme, engaged young people and others in exploring the ways geoscience illuminates natural change processes. 

Educational Outreach Event during the Rolla Public Library Summer Reading Program – Photo Gallery

Rolla Public Library Summer Reading Program

Cathy Smith, Director of the Rolla Public Library invited geologists to kick-off events for the Rolla Public Library's Summer Reading Vicki Voigt answering qeustions during the Rolla Public Library Summer Reading Program Program.  "Minerals in Everyday Life" was the topic Monday, June 3 when our staff geologist Vicki Voigt gave a  presentation about uses of minerals in society.  Children were able to ask questions and inspect the impressive rocks, minerals and fossils Vicki brought with her to the library.  Tailored for children K-6th grade students this program was very well-attended.  The library's "Rock Road Show," held the evening of Thursday, June 6 was equally well-attended. Open to all ages, the event featured a "Make and Take Your Own Rock and Mineral Set" activity. Throughout the evening, staff geologist Neil Elfrink answered questions about geology and identified rocks and minerals that went into the kits, along with rocks and minerals children brought to the library for him to identify. 




Neil Elfrink aswering questions during the Rolla Public Library Summer Reading Program 

The library's "Rock Road Show," held the evening of Thursday, June 6 was equally well-attended. Open to all ages, the event featured a "Make and Take Your Own Rock and Mineral Set" activity. Throughout the evening, staff geologist Neil Elfrink answered questions about geology and identified rocks and minerals that went into the kits, along with rocks and minerals children brought to the library for him to identify. 

See photos from the geology-related activities

The rocks and minerals the children used in their rock kits were provided by the Geological Survey.  The Survey also provided eight sets of Missouri Resources Educational Trading Cards and three Missouri Rock and Mineral Sets as prizes.

Check out some of our educational videos

Check out some of our eductional videos!

Careers in the Field of Geology
Ever consider becoming a geologist?

Earthquake Exhibit at the New Madrid Historical Museum
Check out this new video tour of the earthquake exhibit at the New Madrid Historical Museum.

Earthquake Awareness
Central U.S. ShakeOut!  This video was produced in advance of the 2012 Great Central U.S. ShakeOut earthquake drill and contains valuable information about earthquake potential in Missouri and steps you can take to protect your family and yourself.

Minerals Education in Missouri
The Missouri Geological Survey has a long history partnering with the Missouri Minerals Education Foundation to provide educational experiences for teachers during the foundation's workshop.

Protecting our Drinking Water
Safe drinking water is important to everyone.

Show-Me Earthquake Safety
Don't miss these videos -- Missouri students were encouraged to share their knowledge by creating videos that educate others about preparing for an earthquake.

The Great New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811-12
A Survivor's Story – Eliza Bryan

December 9 and 10, 2011 at the Dixie Theater in New Madrid, Missouri, Eliza told her story of surviving this terrible ordeal and life at that time in southeast Missouri. Eliza related her experiences to Dr. Seismo, played by David Stewart, Ph.D., through the help of Marian McDonald, who was reared in southeast Missouri more than 150 years after the great earthquakes. Eliza is one of the most important eyewitnesses to the events. Recorded and produced by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Missouri Geological Survey. 

A sampling of some of our outreach activities

We turned 160 years old in 2013!

Missouri Geological SurveyOne hundred sixty years is not a very long time when speaking in geologic terms. However, the department’s Geological Survey Program marked this noteworthy milestone of service to Missourian’s in 2013.  Since 1853, staff members have provided reliable scientific information to describe and understand Missouri's wealth of natural resources.

Don’t miss the article written by Joe Gillman, State Geologist and Missouri Geological Survey Director that appeared in the recent Missouri Resources magazine article about the important work of survey staff.

Plan to visit our Edward L. Clark Museum of Missouri Geology this year to learn about the geology of Missouri and about contributions staff members have made to both the environmental and economic vitality of Missouri. 

Earth Science Week 2012

Earth Science Week 2012 -- Discovering Careers in the Earth Sciences Gov. Jay Nixon proclaimed Earth Science Week Oct. 14-20 to bring awareness to the fact that earth sciences are fundamental to the health, safety and welfare of all Missourians. “Discovering Careers in the Earth Sciences” was selected by the American Geosciences Institute as the theme of Earth Science Week 2012 to boost awareness about the geosciences and the many exciting career and job opportunities in the field. Wednesday, Oct. 17, the third annual National Fossil Day, the department hosted special exhibits at the Edward L. Clark Museum of Missouri Geology. Visitors received a small Crinoid stem fossil (the official state fossil) to add to their personal collections. A highlight of this year’s activities included the first-ever Geologic Map Day. Geologic Map Day was held Friday, Oct. 19 to promote awareness of the study, uses and importance of geologic mapping for education, science, business, and a variety of public policy concerns.

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, geologist Neil Elfrink gave a presentation about mines of Phelps County.  Held at the Holloway   House in Rolla, this public event was sponsored by the Phelps County Genealogical Society.  Saturday, Oct. 20, geologist Vicki Voigt hosted an informational booth at the 45th Annual Gem and Jewelry Show, held at the Expo Center in Springfield, Mo., a very popular show that is sponsored by the Ozark Mountain Gem and Mineral Society.  See our Governor's Proclamation. Read the news releaseLearn about careers in geology – watch this short, informative video

2012 Rolla School Daze -- Photos

Rolla School Daze As the school year came to a close, Missouri students participated in educational outings and Rolla Middle School was no exception.  In April, more than 350 fifth grade students attended the annual "Rolla School Daze" event held at the Rolla Campus to learn about careers in the earth sciences.  Staff members brought earth science to life by sharing their expertise with the students through the use of short videos, hands-on activities and mini-courses geared to supplement classroom curriculum.  Educational stops focused on various aspects including:  a museum tour and lectures, an environmental geology presentation and demonstration, wellhead protection education and presentations about mineral resources and their uses, land surveying, dam safety, and illegal dumping.  For more than a decade, we have coordinated this educational event with Rolla Middle School science teacher Jeanie Strain, to help educate Rolla 5th grade students about careers, environmental stewardship and wise use of our natural resources.  School Daze is the largest educational outreach event hosted at the Rolla campus. See more photos from that day.  Additionally, Rolla Daily News reporter Shannon Beck was onsite and took photos that were published on the front page of the Rolla Daily News.