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Earth Science Week is Oct. 10-16, 2021! Mark your calendars! Join us in celebrating Earth Science Week and gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth Sciences and engage in responsible stewardship of the Earth.

Events scheduled nationwide will celebrate the theme "Water Today and for the Future." The coming year's event will focus on the importance of learning how to understand, conserve, and protect water, perhaps Earth's most vital resource. 

Tree with fall leaves surround the Gasconade River in Pulaski County with farmland in the right corner.

Earth Science Week 2021 learning resources and activities will engage young people and others in exploring the importance of water — and water science — for living things, Earth systems, and the many activities that people undertake. Individuals of all backgrounds, ages, and abilities will be engaged in building understanding of water's role in timely topics including energy, climate change, the environment, natural hazards, technology, industry, agriculture, recreation and the economy.

Individuals of all backgrounds, ages and abilities are encouraged to engage with the geosciences, whether as a geoscience professional, a hobbyist or through civic engagement. Earth science is all around us. Check out the focus days and learn more at American Geosciences Institute's website.

Missouri Rocks! Check out this Mo' Curious podcast episode by MissouriLife where the department's Amber Steele and Larry "Boot" Pierce explain Missouri geology and tell why they chose careers in geology. 

Focus Days

Oct. 10 – International Earthcache Day
Oct. 11 – Minerals Day – Learn about minerals in Missouri
Oct. 12 – Earth Observation Day and No Child Left Inside Day
Oct. 13 – National Fossil Day – Learn about fossils in Missouri
Oct. 14 – Geoscience for Everyone Day
Oct. 15 – Geologic Map Day – Learn about Missouri geologic maps
Oct. 16 – International Archaeology Day

Please note: Our museum and offices will be closed Oct. 11, in observance of Columbus Day.

Contests

Earth Science Week contests are underway. Categories include photography, video, visual arts and essay. Enter today and check out winners from past years.

Visit our Museums

  • Ed Clark Museum of Missouri Geology - Enjoy a self-guided tour of our Ed Clark Museum of Missouri Geology, in Rolla. The museum illustrates the geologic history of Missouri through an ongoing collection of rock, mineral and fossil displays. 
  • Missouri State Museum - Located in the State Capitol, in Jefferson City, you will find fossils embedded in the limestone walls, floors and stairs of the building, along with and numerous exhibits about Missouri. Capitol Fossils PUB2488 (brochure).

Do you Have Questions about Missouri Geology? We have answers!

Do you have a question about Missouri geology, or do you have a rock you would like to have identified? If so, send a photo of the rock and information about where you found the rock and one of our geologists will reply. Contact us at askageologist@dnr.mo.gov.

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