TALLAHASSEE –Governor Charlie Crist recently signed a proclamation
recognizing October 10-16, 2010 as Earth Science Week and the Florida Department
of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Florida Geological Survey is joining in on
the week-long celebration. Organized by the American Geological Institute, Earth
Science Week promotes public awareness of earth sciences and environmental
stewardship. This year’s theme, “Exploring Energy” will engage Florida
residents, visitors and students in learning about Earth’s energy resources.
“Earth Sciences are at the heart of the state’s exploration of mineral, water
and energy sources, and are integral in the discovery, development, and
conservation of a prosperous Florida, ” said Dr. Jonathan Arthur, P.G., Director
of DEP’s Florida Geological Survey. “Fostering in students and the public an
understanding of Earth’s energy resources and is key to achieving a healthy and
sustainable environment for future generations.”
Earth science is an all-encompassing term for sciences related to the earth,
including geology, meteorology, physical oceanography and hydrology. Earth
science professionals, educators and students study the Earth system to discover
how energy resources can best be located and captured, how energy can most
efficiently be used and conserved to minimize waste and pollution, and how
energy use affects other natural processes. “Exploring Energy” increases
education and public awareness of the importance of energy resources.
Events taking place during Earth Science Week include:
Florida Geological Survey Open House
Wednesday, October 13, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00
Gunter Building, Florida State University
Florida Geological Survey will
host an open house on at the Gunter Building on the Florida State University
campus in Tallahassee. The open house will feature tours of both the Gunter
Building and the Antarctic Marine Geology Research Facility, also located at
Florida State University. FGS geologists will provide an up-close view of core
samples and fossils to accompany stories, along with hands-on exhibits and other
activities that demonstrate how earth sciences affect daily life on Earth.
Florida Geological Survey Tour of Leon Sinks Geological Area
14, 2:00 p.m.
Apalachicola National Forest
Florida Geological Survey will host a
tour of Leon Sinks Geological Area in the Apalachicola National Forest southwest
of Tallahassee. Those participating should be at the parking area on US 319
(Crawfordville Hwy) just north of the Leon-Wakulla County boundary to begin
assembling by 1:45 pm. and should bring plenty of water, sunscreen and easy
snacks to access on the hike. Parking is $3 per vehicle. Interested persons
should contact Christopher Williams
Learn more about Earth Science Week activities.
View the Governor’s proclamation.
About DEP’s Florida Geological Survey Using observations and measurements
from the environment that surrounds us, as well as from space, underwater and
underground, geoscientists evaluate Earth’s present state, foresee future
changes and assess effects on life and society. DEP’s Florida Geological Survey
investigates and monitors the state’s aquifer systems and geology to protect
public health and natural resources and ensure sound environmental management.
About Earth Science Week: A nonprofit organization representing more than
120,000 earth scientists, the American Geological Institute established Earth
Science Week in 1998 to promote understanding of the earth sciences. Last year,
the Earth Science Week celebration included people in all 50 states and more
than four countries.