Adventurer-goers are invited to embark on a trip to collect rocks, see an extinct volcano and learn about other great natural functions that Nevada's scenery and terrain have to offer. Whether a child or child at heart, everyone is welcome to join the field trip to explore these wonders of Nevada's landscape.
The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology at the University of Nevada, Reno is having its annual Earth Science Week Oct. 11 through 17, 2015, with this year's theme "Visualizing Earth's Systems."
The free field trip is scheduled for Oct. 17 and 18. The same field trip will be held on both days, and includes visiting areas of Lake Tahoe, Mount Rose and the Nevada/California state line. There will be stops at Incline Village and along Lake Tahoe's north shore to view earthquake faults.
Participants should bring their own water, lunch, sunscreen, hat, first-aid kit, walking stick, gloves, camera, binoculars, bag or bucket for collecting samples and safety glasses if using a hammer.
The day's activity will involve hiking and climbing around rocks so wear appropriate outdoor clothing and sturdy shoes or hiking boots. One of the hikes will be about two miles.
"We will look at the history of volcanoes, glaciers and faults that have built and continue to build the landscape we see today," University Geologist Mapping Specialist Nick Hinz said.
Participants must sign up online and must also sign a waiver. Participates are asked to meet in the Galena Creek Visitor Center parking lot on the Mount Rose highway at 9 a.m. for a 9:30 a.m. departure.
Online registration is at http://www.nbmg.unr.edu/ScienceEducation/EarthScienceWeek/index.html.
"There will be several geologists in attendance to help answer questions about geology and identify a variety of rocks," Hinz, in the University's Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology said. "There will be an opportunity to learn more about geocaching and EarthCaching - a high-tech treasure hunting game using GPS devices. If you have a hand-held GPS unit, bring it."
Earth Science Week is a national event that has been organized by the American GeoSciences Institute since October of 1998.
NBMG participates in Earth Science Week by coordinating annual geologic field trips for the general public.
The goal has always been to help the public gain knowledge and a better understanding of Earth Sciences. The organization continues to promote and encourage anyone to learn about the great natural landscapes of Earth.
More information about the field trip and the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology can be found at www.nbmg.unr.edu. For more information about educational activities during Earth Science Week, go to the national Earth Science Week website [earthsciweek.org].