Earth Science Week 2013, themed “Mapping Our World,” emphasizes the uses of maps and mapping technologies in exploring the state’s geology. Part of National Earth Science Week, the celebration engages young people and the public in learning how maps help us understand the interactions of Earth systems, including the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Geological Survey encourages teachers and all Ohioans to take advantage of the opportunities available during Earth Science Week to explore and learn more about the geology beneath their feet. Survey geoscientists and mapping professionals use maps to interpret Ohio’s land formations, natural resource deposits, bodies of water, fault lines, geologic hazards, our shared geologic heritage and more. Survey maps are critical tools used by government agencies, industry, academics and the public in land use planning, mitigation of geologic hazards, infrastructure development, research and many other activities.
The Survey will take part in several events around the state to share insights about how Earth scientists work both indoors and at field sites to research and map information that benefits society. The following venues will offer young Ohioans an opportunity to talk to geoscientists and to learn more about the importance of maps: Fall Hike at Mohican State Park (Ashland County), the 33rd Annual Fall Hike at Lake Hope State Park (Vinton County), a fossil hike at Hueston Woods State Park (Preble & Butler Counties), and Earth Science Day at H. R. Collins Laboratory (Delaware County).
The Survey website offers complete details about its Earth Science Week events and others throughout the state, along with various free resources, such as walking tour guides, leaflets, and maps that Ohioans can use to explore the state’s geology. Log on at www.OhioGeology.com or click the link below.