Earth Science Week 2010
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Earth Science Week 2010 
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October 10–16, 2010

Sponsored by the American Geological Institute (AGI), Earth Science Week is an annual national event that encourages people everywhere to explore the natural world and learn about the geosciences and stewardship of the Earth. The theme for Earth Science Week 2010 is "Exploring Energy," a timely and vital topic, considering current interest in global warming and climate change. The DNR Division of Geology and Earth Resources has commemorated Earth Science Week since 1999.

Visit the official website for Earth Science Week 2010

Order the fabulous Earth Science Week Toolkit now!

See the Governor's Proclamation of Washington State Earth Science Week 2010


  • Oct. 1:  Donation of the Toolkit. The Geology and Earth Resources Division will donate an Earth Science Week toolkit to the Science Director at the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Director of the Timberland Regional Library System, the State Librarian, and Governor Christine Gregoire.
  • Oct. 13:  National Fossil Day. Locally you can celebrate by visiting Stonerose Interpretive Center (Republic, Wash.) to dig for your own fossil or the Burke Museum in Seattle to see their fine collection. Burke exhibitor Ray Troll's interactive Washington State Fossils roadmap is online, as is the Geology Division's booklet, Fossils in Washington.
  • Oct. 14: Earth Science Week Rock Auction. This silent auction featuring fossil and mineral specimens will be held in the Washington Geology Library, Room 173, Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St SE, Olympia, Wash. It is sponsored by the WGL Friends to benefit the Library.


Geology Resources for Teachers—An online teachers packet created by the Geology and Earth Resources Division

American Geological Institute Curriculum and Activities webpage

Girls in Engineering, Math & Science (GEMS)—A free, once-a-month, evening science program for 7th and 8th grade girls currently attending a Seattle-area public school; first meeting is Oct. 5; see website (follow Programs link) for information about the program, schedule, and application

Northwest Origins—An introduction to the geologic history of Washington State, by Catherine L. Townsend and John T. Figge

Evolution of the Pacific Northwest, by J. Figge (2009), a free online textbook

Mount St. Helens 1980 Eruption Quiz. Continue to celebrate Mount St. Helens' 30th anniversary (May 18, 2010) with this quiz

Ten Most Spectacular Geologic Sites (Smithsonian list)

Earth Science Literacy Initiative brochure

Geology of National Parks—3D and photographic tours featuring park geology and natural history                                                                                                           

Mount St. Helens anaglyph 3D photo

A geologist’s lifetime field trip list—A list of essential or desirable locations for geologists or travelers to visit. It contains many of the interesting geologic wonders of the world, with links for most of them


Washington State

(Guidebooks/maps to Washington's accessible geologic locations)

Stonerose Interpretive Center, Republic, Washington

Spokane Valley–Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer

Geology of the Yakima Valley Wine Country

Olympic National Park

Columbia River Gorge

Mount Rainier National Park

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Mount St. Helens Windy Ridge and blast area: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3

Channeled Scabland: Part 1 and Part 2

North Cascades National Park (3 field trips)

Mount Baker fossil field trip (scroll to end of story for details)

Eastern Washington—Field trip to Mars-on-Earth

Columbia River Basalt Group

Gingko Petrified Forest State Park

Ape Cave Lava Tube

Ape Cave photo gallery

U.S. and Worldwide

Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals, Hillsboro, Oregon

Geology of the National Parks

Geology Field Trips

Virtual Field Trips

Virtual and Online Geologic Field Trip Guides

Worldwide Virtual Field Trips

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Stephanie Earls
Washington Geology Library, Librarian


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