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The University of Nevada, Reno's Bureau of Mines and Geology invites the public to take part in the annual Earth Science Week to learn about local geology. This year's event is a two-day earth science discovery hike on the terrain around the University's Great Basin Sample and Records Library, the Desert Research Institute and Truckee Meadows Community College.
The hike will start at Great Basin Library, 2175 Raggio Parkway, where participants can choose to join at 8 a.m. on either Saturday, Oct. 12 or Sunday, Oct. 13. Three hiking sessions of varying intensity, from 0.75 mile to 2.4 mile hikes, will be offered throughout the day with regular breaks for refreshments. The field trip is free to the general public and space is not limited. Participants must bring their own food, water, sunscreen and necessary supplies. Each day's activities wrap up around 3 p.m.
Participants will be guided by local scientists around the hillside where they will locate and identify plants and rocks and make a geological map. They may also bring rocks and minerals from home for geologists to identify, and they can take samples from the Bureau's rock garden.
Those interested in rock collecting and participating in the field trip can sign up at http://www.nbmg.unr.edu/ESW/ESW_13/signup8.php. For more information on the field trip, visit http://www.nbmg.unr.edu/ESW/ESW_13/index.html. For more information about the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, visit http://www.nbmg.unr.edu/.