​​​​​​​​Earth Science Week - October 9-15, 2016​

The American Geosciences Institute ​(AGI) is pleased to announce that “Our Shared Geoheritage” is the theme of Earth Science Week 2016. Geoheritage is the collection of natural wonders, landforms, and resources that have formed over eons. Geoheritage locations are valued for many reasons, including scientific, economic, ecological, educational, cultural, aesthetic, artistic, and recreational purposes.​​

​The Earth Science Week 2016 learning resources and activities (links below) seek to engage young people and others in exploring geoheritage throughout the Earth’s systems, including the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere. These activities help to promote public understanding and stewardship in many areas, including Earth science, energy, paleontology, water quality, conservation, and climate science.​ ​

​National Fossil Day - October 12, 2016

National Fossil Day is a celebration to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational value. As a part of Earth Science Week, it is a partnership of the National Park Service and the American Geosciences Institute bringing you lots of activities, events, and resources to explore! https://nature.nps.gov/geology/nationalfossilday/index.cfm

​​The website below contains partner sponsored events, but there are many other local, unaffiliated, or guided fossil events that can be discovered elsewhere on the internet. Check the websites of your local community calendar, college, university, museum, or geologic society to see what they may be offering.

​Events in California include: https://nature.nps.gov/geology/nationalfossilday/events.cfm#CA

This year’s National Fossil Day artwork features the sabertoothed cat, California”s State Fossil! Find out more about our own long-toothed antiquity on our CGS Note page​ by clicking on the links to Note 13 and Note 51. Check out our State Gem, Mineral and Rock Notes!

​Celebrate Geologic Map Day – October 14, 2016!

​​As part of the ongoing Earth Science Week 2016 activities, Geologic Map Day focuses the attention of students, teachers, and the general public on the study, uses, and significance of geologic maps for education, science, business, and a variety of public policy concerns.

​As an extension of the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program, Geologic Map Day promotes awareness of geologic mapping and its vital importance to society.

​The American Geosciences Institute (AGI), the Association of American State Geologists (AASG), National Park Service (NPS), Geological Society of America (GSA), ESRI, and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have united to promote the importance of geologic mapping to society. For ideas, check out the AGI's Geologic Map Day Resources page: http://www.earthsciweek.org/geologic-map-day​

​​And what better place to explore geologic maps is there than the California Geological Survey's website? For a downloadable page or poster size geologic or fault map of California: http://www.conservation.ca.gov/cgs/information/Pages/EdResCenter.aspx

​Many of CGS's maps are viewable online with Google map, satellite, or terrain backgrounds. For these and other links to the CGS maps click here: http://www.conservation.ca.gov/cgs/maps/Pages/Maps.aspx ​​​