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DEP’s Florida Geological Survey Celebrates Earth Science Week

-Week promotes environmental education and stewardship through earth sciences-

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 p.m.
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
Friday, October 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 (Christopher.P.Williams@dep.state.fl.us or 850-488-4191).

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. 

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"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."

Dr. Jonathan Arthur, P.G.
Director of DEP’s Florida Geological Survey



Last updated: October 21, 2010

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