Earth Science Week Update July 2013

American Geosciences Institute
Vol. 11, No. 7: July 2013


Geologic Map Day:
Celebrate on October 18

On Friday, October 18, 2013, you are invited to join in the celebration of the second annual Geologic Map Day! The final major event for the school week of Earth Science Week 2013 (October 13-19), Geologic Map Day will promote awareness of the study, uses, and importance of geologic mapping for education, science, business, and a variety of public policy concerns.

The event will enable students, teachers, and the wider public to tap into educational activities, print materials, online resources, and other opportunities for participation. Check out the Geologic Map Day poster included in the Earth Science Week 2013 Toolkit ( The poster provides a geologic map, plus step-by-step instructions for a related classroom activity, encouraging students to explore what geologic maps can tell them about natural hazards.

Geologic Map Day is hosted by the U.S. Geological Survey, the Association of American State Geologists, the National Park Service, the Geological Society of America, and Esri in partnership with AGI, the organizer of Earth Science Week. Additional resources for learning about geologic maps can be found on the new Geologic Map Day web page (

Geologic Map Contest
Invites College Students

As part of Earth Science Week (October 13-19) and Geologic Map Day (October 18), the U.S. Geological Survey invites university-level students to enter its 2013 Best Student Geologic Map Competition. The contest will be judged at the Geological Society of America’s Annual Meeting in Denver, October 27-30. While judges select three winners, students will network and share their experiences and techniques.

The competition is open to any student earning a B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. degree who has created a geologic map through recent field work. Winning students will be recognized at the meeting, receive field tools such as a Brunton compass or rock hammer, and get an opportunity to publish their maps in the student edition of the “Journal of Maps.”

To be considered, students should contact the official U.S. Geological Survey representative by September 6. To learn more, visit

‘Visiting Geoscientists’
Make Impact on Students

Are you an Earth scientist who wants to help educate young people about the field - but you’re just not sure how to start? Check out “Visiting Geoscientists: An Outreach Guide for Geoscience Professionals,” a handbook co-produced by AGI and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists’ Youth Education Activities Committee.

Professional geoscientists such as geologists and geophysicists who visit schools and lead field trips, especially at the K-12 level, provide unique enrichment opportunities, based on their education, experience, and firsthand knowledge of the workplace. Whether you work in a resource or environmental company, a research institute, a state or federal agency, or a college or university, you can make a difference.

Plan now for a school visit in the fall. The handbook offers strategies and resources. Various sections discuss how students learn science best, issues in Earth science education, recommendations for volunteers, sample activities, and more. To download the handbook, see

Don’t Delay: Order Your
Earth Science Week Toolkit

Earth Science Week 2013 Toolkits are available now! The kit contains everything you need to prepare for Earth Science Week (October 13-19), which celebrates the theme “Mapping Our World.”

To ensure that you are among the first to receive these exciting educational resources, order yours today. The Earth Science Week 2013 Toolkit includes:

* A 12-month school-year activity calendar, suitable for hanging
* The new Earth Science Week poster, including a learning activity
* National Park Service items on geologic maps of national parks
* NASA education materials on map technologies and resources
* A poster on careers in mapping and GIS from Esri
* A DVD of the Switch Energy Project documentary on energy
* A genuine field notebook from Rite in the Rain
* The Energy Outlook highlights report from ExxonMobil
* A poster on how GPS works from NOAA
* Energy4Me material on energy science
* A poster on minerals that make up our world
* A soil science poster from Soil Science Society of America
* A dinosaurs flyer from Bureau of Land Management
* Brochures, bookmarks, fact sheets, postcards, and more

Bulk discounts are available for orders of 10 or more. For ordering, special shipping, bulk orders, and more information, visit or phone AGI Publications at 703-379-2480.

Switch Energy Project
DVD in 2013 Toolkit

Among the dozens of high-quality educational resources featured in the Earth Science Week 2013 Toolkit, the DVD of the award-winning film “Switch” is sure to be prized by science teachers. The 98-minute documentary focuses on the transition, currently taking place worldwide, from coal and oil to “the energies of tomorrow.”

In 2009, documentary filmmaker Harry Lynch and geologist Dr. Scott Tinker set out to make a film on this transition. “Switch” travels the world to explore how the shift is likely to occur - and directly addresses relevant controversies, politics, and practical realities.

Since its inception, the film has expanded into the Switch Energy Project, a multi-platform program based online. The project’s web site features over five hours of edited video, with additional educational resources to come. To learn more about the Switch Energy Project, see To order an Earth Science Week 2013 Toolkit, visit

EarthScope Speaker Series
Explores Quakes, Eruptions

The 2013-2014 EarthScope Speaker Series is presenting scientific results of EarthScope research to faculty and students at colleges and universities. EarthScope explores the structure and evolution of the North American continent and the processes that cause earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

Speakers, who present science-based lectures on their own EarthScope-related projects, are selected based on their outstanding research accomplishments involving EarthScope and their abilities to engage various audiences. Speakers in the 2013-2014 series include Corne Kreemer, Michael Oskin, Ken Ridgway, Mousumi Roy, Anne Sheehan, and Ben van der Pluijm.

Travel and lodging expenses for speakers are provided by funds from the National Science Foundation. To apply for an EarthScope Speaker, go to For more information, contact EarthScope at

PDF Guide Ensures
‘No Child Left Inside’

Wouldn’t it be great to dedicate a day to “No Child Left Inside,” a time for outdoor activities enabling young people to experience Earth science firsthand? To help you do just that, the NCLI Day Guide is now available in PDF format for easy printing and outdoor use.

This free guide provides everything you need to start planning your own NCLI Day event, including any of 17 outdoor learning activities recommended for elementary, middle, and high school students. Begin now to plan your NCLI Day event for summer or fall, when young people can wade into ponds, climb hills, and search the skies to learn Earth science.

Find the NCLI Day Guide, including the new PDF version, on the Earth Science Week web site at Have a great NCLI Day!

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Also on ( are resources for teachers, including links to lesson plans from major Earth science organizations such as the U.S. Geological Survey, the Geological Society of America, and NASA. To view the teacher page, visit

More Geoscience Resources
In Spanish and English

Nearly 30 educational activities and resources have been added to the updated SEED Earth Science Week Online Toolkit. If you’re looking for Earth science education resources in both Spanish and English, this web site is for you.

The site - a partnership of Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development (SEED) and AGI - provides educational materials, activities, and other resources for Spanish-speaking students and teachers, as well as English speakers, in U.S. and SEED schools around the world. The resources featured on the site have been developed by SEED, AGI, and other geoscience organizations.

Visitors now can view 76 lessons, posters, fact sheets and other materials, each offered in both Spanish and English. Materials provide users with introductory information on Earth science, as well as in-depth items on earth, water, air, and life science. Find the free toolkit online (

New Report Highlights
Remote Sensing Imagery

“Meeting Environmental Challenges with Remote Sensing Imagery,” a new report from AGI and its publishing partners, chronicles advances in remote sensing imagery over the last 50 years and how they have increased our ability to identify and track environmental changes over time.

Recognizing these changes is critical to social and economic development, from coping with geologic and weather hazards to environmental restoration and resource development, according to co-authors Rebecca L. Dodge and Russell G. Congalton.

This 82-page, full-color report identifies case studies where this cutting-edge technology is helping society deal with hazards. In addition to AGI, publishing partners include AmericaView, the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, and the USGS Land Remote Sensing Program. To order the report, please visit

The American Geosciences Institute is a nonprofit federation of 50 geoscientific and professional associations that represents more than 250,000 geologists, geophysicists and other earth scientists. Founded in 1948, AGI provides information services to geoscientists, serves as a voice of shared interests in the profession, plays a major role in strengthening geoscience education, and strives to increase public awareness of the vital role the geosciences play in society’s use of resources, resiliency to natural hazards, and interaction with the environment. For contact information, please visit

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