Earth Science Week 2001
More than 300 students from local middle and high schools visited the Menlo Park campus on October
10th and 11th to celebrate Earth Science Week 2001 in an event organized by Carol Reiss (CMG).
Greetings: USGS volunteer Tookie Campione greets a group of students at
the entrance to the USGS building that houses the Earth Science Information Center and the
conference rooms where Earth Science Week 2001 presentations were given.
addition to tours of the USGS library and Earth Science Information Center (where USGS maps and
other products are sold), the children and their teachers were treated to special displays and presentations
in three conference rooms on campus. More than 30 employees representing several disciplines helped Carol
set up the displays, guide the visitors around campus, and conduct presentations.
A large conference room held displays based on the USGS publication, "This Dynamic Earth: The Story
of Plate Tectonics" by W. Jacquelyne Kious and Robert I. Tilling
(see the online edition).
Posters, models, rock and fossil samples, puzzles, maps, seismic equipment, samples of sulfide chimneys
and tube worms, and spreading-ridge video footage shot from submersibles allowed students to touch
and see science in action. Author Bob Tilling, Volcano Hazards (VHZ), was on hand both days to summarize
the display and answer questions. Chris Dietel, Earthquake Hazards (EHZ), set up the seismology
portion of this display, and Susan Garcia (EHZ) helped schedule additional scientists to speak with
students during the school tours.
In a small conference room featuring California Geology, Andrei Sarna-Wojcicki, National Cooperative
Geologic Mapping (NGM) set up a wall-sized puzzle made from a geologic map of California mounted on
foam-core board and sliced along faults to reconstruct what California looked like in the geologic past.
Andrei also put up posters depicting the geologic evolution of San Francisco Bay. Russ Graymer (NGM)
displayed a geologic map of the San Francisco Bay area, with stickers marking areas of interest, such as
mineral deposits, faults, and landslides.
Fossils: Students examine a selection of fossils from California.
A table set up by Carol Reiss displayed a cast of the California
state fossil, the sabertoothed cat (Smilodon californicus), along with the California state rock, serpentine;
the California state mineral, benitoite; and, to represent "Silicon Valley," a chunk of raw silicon and its end
product, computer chips. Mike Clynne (VHZ) displayed rocks of the San Francisco Bay area. Bruce Rogers
displayed an annotated aerial tour up the central California coast entitled, "A Seagull's View of the Central
California Coast." A selection of California fossils in the center of the room was very popular with the students.
The third conference room featured California Parks. Here, Bruce Rogers displayed a poster on Pinnacles
National Monument. King Huber (NMG Emeritus) presented his book and posters on the geology of Yosemite
National Park. Julie Donnelly-Nolan and Bruce Rogers displayed their poster and photos of Lava Beds
National Monument. Jim Calzia exhibited rocks and posters of Death Valley National Park; and Mike Clynne
displayed rocks and posters of Lassen Volcanic National Park. Carol Reiss used a volcano model to
demonstrate the volcanic activity that helped shaped the landscapes of these California parks.
Volcanoes: Carol Reiss explains to students how volcanic activity shaped
the landscape of parts of California.
Lori Hibbeler (CMG), Beth Feingold (CMG), and Tookie Campione (USGS Volunteer for Science) helped
guide the visitors to and from the many venues where they were given tours and presentations. The high
energy and enthusiasm of the students and their teachers attested to the success of the two-day event.
in this issue:
Geophysical Survey of Hawaiian Coral Reefs
Sediment Study on the Columbia River
St. Petersburg Open Houses
Earth Science Week 2001
Woods Hole's First Annual Open House
Shark Festival and Sanctuary Celebration 2001
Metadata Workshop with Peter Schweitzer
Geochemistry Study Award
Richie Williams Speaks on Science and Religion
Farewell to Ardis Greatorex
Welcome to Chris Sherwood
USGS Mendenhall Post-doc Fellowship
Passing the Torch for Production of Sound Waves
New South Florida Ecosystem Sourcebook Released
November Publications List