News Release 351

Gov. Nixon proclaims Earth Science Week Oct. 9-15 Second Annual National Fossil Day part of this year's event

Volume 39-351 (For Immediate Release)
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JEFFERSON CITY Mo., OCT. 11, 2011 – Gov. Jay Nixon declares Oct. 9 through Oct. 15 as Earth Science Week to bring awareness about how earth sciences play a fundamental role in the health, safety and welfare of all Missourians.
“Our Ever-Changing Earth” was selected by the American Geological Institute as the theme of Earth Science Week 2011 to encourage young people and the public in learning about the natural processes that shape our planet over time.
AGI has organized this national and international event since 1998 and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Geology and Land Survey and other sponsors participate 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.
During Earth Science Week, the department will participate in National Fossil Day on Wednesday, Oct. 12 through special exhibits that will be on display at the Ed Clark Museum of Missouri Geology. Visitors to the museum will receive a small Crinoid stem fossil to add to their personal collections. Stop by and learn about the Crinoid, which is the official state fossil, collecting Missouri fossils and see an impressive assortment of rocks, minerals, fossils and other items relating to geology. The museum is located in the Buehler Building, 111 Fairgrounds Road in Rolla. The museum is open to the public for self-guided tours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Admission is free. Additional information may be found on the department’s website at dnr.mo.gov/geology.
Several contests are under way during Earth Science Week and are open to U.S. residents of any age. Contests include photography, essay and visual arts. Entries are being taken from across the nation and the prizes are wonderful. October 14 is the deadline for entering most of the contests. Visit the Earth Science Week website for more information: www.earthsciweek.org. An Earth Science Week 2011-12 Activity Calendar extends the celebration to the entire year and is available for downloading from the website.

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Caption: Visitors to the Ed Clark Museum of Missouri Geology on National Fossil Day will receive a small Crinoid stem fossil to add to their personal collections. National Fossil Day is Wednesday, Oct. 12. The museum is located in the Buehler Building, 111 Fairgrounds Road in Rolla.

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