NR 2005-23
October 12, 2005

Contact: Ed Wilson
Mark Oldfield
Don Drysdale
(916) 323-1886

California Geological Survey Celebrates Earth Science Week
by Encouraging Earthquake Education and Preparedness

SACRAMENTO – The California Geological Survey is reminding the state’s residents that National Earth Science Week, dedicated to better understanding our planet, runs through Oct. 15. As part of Earth Science Week, the Department of Conservation (DOC) is encouraging Californians to learn about the state’s natural phenomena and take stock of their families’ emergency preparedness.

“Anyone who has been through an earthquake, seen landslide damage, or marveled at Yosemite’s natural beauty can understand the importance of Earth science,” said DOC Director Bridgett Luther Thompson. “Earth science is critical for Californians because natural phenomena can play a dramatic role in the safety and welfare of both our citizens and economy.”

Through its Web site, DOC’s California Geological Survey provides comprehensive information to help Californians better understand Earth science, including how to prepare for an earthquake and its aftermath. The California Geological Survey also maintains an extensive library in Sacramento dedicated to providing Earth science information and teaching materials to educators statewide.

“There’s no denying that earthquakes, floods, landslides and other natural events occur often in California,” said State Geologist John Parrish. “The more educated we are about these hazards, the better we’re prepared to minimized damage and speed recovery.”

The first National Earth Science Week was celebrated in 1998, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the American Geological Institute. The branches of Earth science are astronomy, geology, meteorology, oceanography and physical geography.

The Department of Conservation works to preserve California’s natural resources through its programs to safeguard farmland and open space resources, regulate oil, gas and geothermal wells, study and map earthquakes, landslides and mineral resources, ensure reclamation of land used for mining, and promote beverage container recycling.