Earth Science Week 2016


Earth Science Week kicks off Sunday, October 9, 2016, and this year’s theme, chosen by the American Geosciences Institute, is “Our Shared Geoheritage”.

Geoheritage is “the collection of natural wonders, landforms, and resources that have formed over eons and come to this generation to manage, use, and conserve effectively. Geoheritage locations are valued for many reasons, including scientific, economic, ecological, educational, cultural, aesthetic, artistic, and recreational purposes.”ESW_GeoheritagePoster_RESIZED600.jpg

To highlight Washington’s geoheritage, we have chosen to focus on the Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail. This is the first-ever National Geologic Trail; it follows major roadways across the state to highlight the impacts of the glacial outburst floods. ger_presentations_esw_2016_584.png

Planned Events

Check out the American Geosciences Institutes calendar of events here!

The Annual Washington Geologic Library’s Earth Science Week Rock Auction will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Geology Library (Rm. 173, Natural Resources Building, Olympia). Funds raised benefit the Friends of the Washington Geology Library to supplement library purchases of books, journals, and educational materials.

In addition, on Friday, October 14, we will be celebrating National Geologic Map Day by hosting an open house with geologic maps on display. Carrie, our resident baker, will once again rock our worlds with some kind of geologically oriented baked good. See her amazing (and delicious) subduction zone cake from two years ago below. Stop by between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.IMG_0676.JPG

Don’t wait for Friday to explore some awesome geologic maps, check out our collection now!