Celebrating Earth’s Interconnected Systems

ger_earth_science_week_logo2014 Earth Science Week is this October 12–18

This year, Earth Science Week  focuses on “Earth’s connected systems,” a timely and vital topic considering current interest in global warming and climate change.

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Sponsored by the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), Earth Science Week is an annual national event that encourages people everywhere to explore the natural world and learn about the geosciences and stewardship of the Earth.

By deepening our understanding of interactions between Earth systems—the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere—Earth science helps us manage our greatest challenges and make the most of vital opportunities.

  Visit the official Earth Science Week website

The DNR Division of Geology and Earth Resources is commemorating Earth Science Week with two great public events:

  • Tuesday, October 14: Earth Science Week Rock Auction 9am–noon. This silent auction featuring fossil and mineral specimens will be held in the Washington Geology Library, Room 173, Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St SE, Olympia, WA. It is sponsored by the WGL Friends to benefit the Library.
  • Thursday, October 16: National Geologic Map Day 8am–4pm. The Washington Geology Library will have geologic maps on display and some geologically-themed baked goods. Location is same as above.

In Honor of National Geologic Map Day

ger_connected_systems_columbia_river_wa_or_thumbnailThe Washington Division of Geology and Earth Resources teamed up with The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries to create a geologic map of the connected systems of the Columbia River Gorge. This large-format poster provides a good starting point for discussion of connected systems. Click on the map thumbnail to open the full-size PDF or follow this link: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/Publications/ger_connected_systems_columbia_river_gorge_wa_or_poster.pdf

The Columbia River, in its 309-mile course along the Oregon-Washington border, provides a rich and varied environment for the resident people, wildlife, and plants. The area’s geology is the basis for the landscape and ecosystems we know today.

The Great Washington ShakeOutshakeout

Every year, millions of people worldwide practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On as part of the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills!

This year, the Great Washington ShakeOut will occur on Thursday, October 16 at 10:16am. Washingtonians can join by registering here. Participating is a great way for your family or organization to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes–wherever you live, work, or travel.