National Earth Science Week highlights the dynamics of geosciences while encouraging communities to explore the beauty of their surrounding environments. In celebration of the event, the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology will host the 17th Annual Earth Science Week Field Trip, Oct. 11 and 12, 2014. The same field trip will be run on each day, so you have two chances to attend.
The national theme, "Earth's Connected Systems," will highlight Nevada's geological treasures. In honor of Nevada's 150th anniversary of statehood, the 2014 trip will explore the intriguing landscapes near Carson City. This year, NBMG is partnering with Winnie Kortemeier of Western Nevada College, who has contributed personal expertise on several interesting sites. Geologic staff and faculty with the Nevada Division of Minerals will also participate in the field trip activities.
"The field trip is a great way to experience first-hand some of the geologic wonders in the Carson City area and learn more about the region's geologic hazards and natural resources," James Faulds, Nevada State Geologist and Director of the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, said. "It's a great opportunity to collect some mineral specimens, view one of the region's youngest volcanoes, and visit some major faults that continue to shape our landscapes with periodic earthquakes."
Geologists will be on-site helping participants locate and identify plants and rocks. At the end of each field trip, participants will be able to take home a real geological map created during their excursions. There will also be an opportunity to learn more about geocaching and EarthCaching - a high-tech treasure hunting game using GPS devices.
For the best experience, NBMG staff encourages being well prepared for the process. They advise bringing your own water, lunch, sunscreen, hat, first-aid kit, walking stick, gloves, camera, binoculars, bag or bucket for collecting samples, safety glasses if you use a hammer, and a GPS receiver (optional). The day's activity will involve hiking and climbing around rocks, so participants are encouraged to wear appropriate outdoor clothing and sturdy shoes or hiking boots.
The trip is free and open to the public. Participants are required to sign-up online prior to the trip and sign a waiver form. The waiver must be printed as a paper copy, with a signature and date. It can be submitted prior to the field trip or brought to the field trip meeting place. Field trip attendants should meet at 8 a.m. in the parking lot of the Nevada Division of Minerals offices at 400 West King Street in Carson City. The field trip will leave each morning from the office at 8:30 a.m.
For more information about the field trip, call 775-682-8772. To learn more about the educational activities during Earth Science Week, go to the national Earth Science Week website at: http://www.earthsciweek.org/.