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Earth Science Week

What is Earth Science Week?
Earth Science Week is an internationally recognized celebration that helps the public gain a better understanding of, and appreciation for, the Earth Sciences. Organized by the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), this annual celebration has occurred since 1998.

When is Earth Science Week?
This year, Earth Science Week will be October 13-19, 2019.

What is this year's theme?
The theme for 2019 is “Geoscience is for Everyone.   According to AGI, this theme will “emphasize both the inclusive potential and the importance of the geosciences in the lives of all people” and “encourage individuals of all backgrounds, ages, and abilities to engage with the geosciences, whether that is as a geoscience professional, a hobbyist, or through civic engagement.”

How is DMME celebrating Earth Science Week?

DMME is hosting an open house on Thursday October 17 from 10 AM until 3 PM, at our Library in the Department of Forestry Building located at 900 Natural Resources Drive in Charlottesville.  Our geologists will be on-hand to identify your rock and mineral samples, provide geologic information about your property or community, and answer any other questions you may have.  Our rock and mineral collections will also be on display.  Bring a brown bag lunch, and from 12 to 12:45, we will be discussing accessible geologic sites in Virginia that you can visit, and other resources that are available to help you learn more about Virginia geology.

DMME will be promoting Video, Photography, and Visual Arts contests sponsored by AGI, and events that are hosted by other Virginia Institutions participating in Earth Science Week.   Learn more about the AGI contests. The American Geological Institute maintains a calendar of events where you can find out what is going on in your area.

Earth Science Week                      AGI