Gov. Nixon proclaims Earth Science Week Oct. 11-17

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Volume 37-375 For Immediate Release): Oct. 9, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY MO. -- Gov. Jay Nixon declared the week of Oct. 11 through Oct. 17 as Earth Science Week to bring awareness to the fact that earth sciences are fundamental to the health, safety and welfare of all Missourians.

"Understanding Climate" was selected by the American Geological Institute as the theme of Earth Science Week 2009 to promote scientific understanding of a timely, vital topic: Earth's climate.

AGI hosts Earth Science Week in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Division of Geology and Land Survey (DGLS) and other sponsors as a service to the public and the geoscience community. Earth Science Week offers opportunities to discover the Earth sciences and engage in responsible stewardship of the Earth. The program is supported by the U.S. Geological Survey, NASA, the National Park Service and other geoscience groups.

"We are pleased to partner with the American Geological Institute in this 11th year of celebrating Earth Science Week. We encourage people everywhere to explore the natural world and learn about the geosciences," said Joe Gillman, DGLS director and state geologist. "We especially enjoy working with educators to highlight the earth sciences as a career choice and demonstrate the environmental and economic benefits earth sciences bring to the state."

DGLS staff members are helping to spread science literacy to benefit Missourians by speaking to students in area classrooms and at outdoor venues during the week. Additionally, staff will answer citizen's questions about the geology of our state during Rolla's Downtown Arts and Crafts Festival on Sat., Oct. 24.

Geologists and land surveyors play important roles in society's use and protection of natural resources. The department has a long history of providing geology and land survey expertise to Missouri.

Several contests are under way during Earth Science Week and are open to U.S. residents of any age. They include two photography contests, a visual arts contest and an essay contest. Entries are being taken from across the nation, and the prizes are amazing. Visit the Earth Science Week website for more information: earthsciweek.org

Visitors are welcome to tour the Ed Clark Museum of Missouri Geology, located in Rolla and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Additional information may be found on the division's website at dnr.mo.gov/geology.

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Caption: Joe Gillman, DNR Geology and Land Survey Division Director and state geologist is pictured with Emily and Elizabeth Phillips in the department's Ed Clark Museum of Missouri Geology which is located in Rolla. The three are holding the Governor's Earth Science Week proclamation. Earth Science Week will be observed Oct. 11-17. The Phillips girls attend Rolla Public Schools.