For the past 17 years, the American Geosciences Institute has promoted and organized this national and international event to to help the public gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth Sciences and to encourage stewardship of the Earth.
This year’s theme is “Our Shared Geoheritage”. Geoheritage is the collection of natural wonders, landforms, and resources that have formed over eons and come to this generation to manage, use, and conserve effectively. Geoheritage locations are valued for many reasons, including scientific, economic, ecological, educational, cultural, aesthetic, artistic, and recreational purposes. (Find more on earthscienceweek.org)
As a local earth science and environmental consulting firm, Mundell & Associates recognizes the importance of public participation and neighborhood collaboration in learning about and caring for the earth. Here are some ideas for celebrating and participating – fun for all ages!
Sunday October 9 – EarthCache Day
Did you know? The Indiana Historical Society has over 1,700 catalogued maps of Indiana.
Today: We couldn’t come out today, but join us at Mundell & Associates on Thursday, October 13 for IrvingtonCache. You’ll combine the fun of a treasure hunt, the technology of GPS, and the beauty of our earth with this fun activity! EarthCaching is similar to the popular Geocaching but instead visitors find new knowledge or insights each location.
Monday, October 10 – Earth Science Literacy Day
Did you know? The Earth is the ‘water planet’.
Today: Explore core concepts of earth science.
Resources: Big Ideas videos
Tuesday, October 11 – Earth Observation Day
Did you know? The Landsat program has provided a continuous space-based record of the surface of the Earth since 1972, allowing us to see how the Earth’s land surface has changed.
Today: Take a drinking straw, paper towel roll and rolled up posterboard outside to learn about viewing the world through different perspectives. (Full activity)
Hoosier Outdoor Child activities
Wednesday, October 12 – National Fossil Day
Did you know? When glaciers arrived in Indiana, they eroded entire layers of bedrock including those that would have contained dinosaur fossils.
Today: Learn about paleontology. Look for clues about previous life in your own backyard.
Thursday, October 13 – Geoscience for Everyone Day & IrvingtonCache 2016
Did you know? Geoscience is a career that can change the world: sustainably develop natural resources, protect citizens from earthly hazards, understand element mineral effects on the environment and our physical health.
Today: After joining us for IrvingtonCache 2016, visit Mundell & Associates to ask a geoscientist what they find most interesting about their career.
Friday, October 14 – Geologic Map Day
Did you know? Partners from around the state of Indiana have combined forces to create a free collection of geographic information on the IndianaMap.
Today: Take a tour of Indiana geology, natural resources, and landmarks on the interactive online IndianaMap.
Resources: How to use the IndianaMAP