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Three New Geologic Maps Published

Maps available for Guthrie, New Bloomfield and Osage City

Bedrock Geologic Map -- New BloomfieldThe Missouri Geological Survey, a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources recently published three new geologic maps. Staff geologists, Edith Starbuck and Mike Siemens conducted field work in central Missouri and created bedrock geologic maps of the Guthrie (OFM-13-635-GS), New Bloomfield (OFM-13-636-GS) and Osage City (OFM-13-637-GS) 1:24,000 scale quadrangles.

Geologic maps provide a baseline for data related to energy resources, mineral resources, natural hazards, water resources, soil conservation and climate science. Virtually all mineral, energy, water, industrial construction, public works and urban development projects can benefit from a geologic map.

For more than 20 years, the Missouri Geological Survey has participated in the U.S. Geological Survey’s STATEMAP component of the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program. During this time, staff geologists have completed 210 bedrock and surficial material maps at a scale of 1:24,000 and complied four 1:100,000 scale maps.

These new geologic maps, topographic maps and other publications may be purchased online from the Missouri Geology Store (search for the map name) and at the sales counter located at 111 Fairgrounds Road, Rolla. Additionally, Web versions of the maps may be viewed from this website.  Read more about the value of geologic mapping in Missouri Resources magazine.

Geologic Map Day is Oct. 18, 2013

Geologic Map Day is Friday, Ocotber 18, 2013

What better way to celebrate Earth Science Week’s theme — Mapping Our World — than to also celebrate Geologic Map Day.

Geologic Map Day is a special event designed to promote awareness of geologic mapping and its vital importance to society.  As an extension of the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program, 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.  Visit the Department of Natural Resources’ Edward L. Clark Museum of Missouri Geology Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, and see an impressive display of geologic maps that were created by staff geologists. The museum is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Learn more at http://dnr.mo.gov/geology/education.htm#ESWeek

National Fossil Day – Oct. 16

In conjunction with Earth Science Week Oct. 13 – 19, the Department of Natural Resources is also celebrating National Fossil Day.

National Fossil Day logo

National Fossil Day is a celebration organized by the National Park Service to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational values.  Visit the Department of Natural Resources’ Edward L. Clark Museum of Missouri Geology on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, to see special exhibits and pick up a crinoid stem fossil to add to your collection. The museum is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Celebrate Earth Science Week – Oct. 13 – 19

Earth Science Week logo

This year marks the 16th annual Earth Science Week, which is designated by the American Geosciences Institute to help the public gain a better understanding of and appreciation for the earth sciences.

This year’s theme — Mapping Our World — was chosen to bring awareness about how geoscientists, geographers and other mapping professionals use maps to represent land formations, natural resource deposits, bodies of water, fault lines, volcanic activity, weather patterns, travel routes, parks, businesses, population distribution, our shared geologic heritage, and more.

Geology and other earth sciences contribute to the discovery and protection of groundwater and surface water supplies. It is important to discover, develop and conserve the energy, mineral and water resources needed for the environment’s continued prosperity.

The earth sciences provide the basis for preparing for and mitigating natural hazards such as floods, landslides, earthquakes and sinkholes. A better understanding of earth science is also essential to the design and construction of safe highways, bridges and buildings. Our state’s geological factors are vital to land management and land use decisions at local, state, regional, national and international levels.

Help celebrate Earth Science Week, Oct. 13 – 19.  After all, earth sciences make vital contributions to our understanding of and respect for nature.  Learn more at http://dnr.mo.gov/geology/education.htm#ESWeek

Join us Oct. 17, 2013 for the World’s Largest Earthquake Drill

Register to participate in The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut! 

In conjunction with Earth Science Week Oct, 13-19, 2013, the Department of Natural Resources encourages everyone to participate in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut — the world’s largest earthquake drill.

Register to participate in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut!This this important exercise will be held Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, at 10:17 a.m.

In the meantime, you and your family can practice how to protect yourselves during earthquakes by DROPPING to the ground, taking COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and HOLDING ON! 

Learn more about earthquake potential in Missouri and don’t miss these educational videos produced by Missouri school children.

Register to participate in The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut!

The Missouri State Fair is Almost Here!

Visit the Missouri Department of Natural Resources at the Missouri State Fair Aug. 8-18, 2013, in Sedalia

The Missouri Geological Survey is marking 160 years of service to Missourians this year, so be sure to stop by the Womans Building to see our special anniversary exhibit and our impressive display of rocks, minerals and fossils.  The Womans Building is #14 on this map.  We are located near the Pepsi Grandstand.

Missouri State Fair Aug. 8-18, 2013

Missouri Department of Natural Resources staff and exhibits will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day during the Missouri State Fair.  In addition to our special geology exhibits, we have a number of activities planned:

 

 

 

Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park Named one of the 12 Top Secret Swimming Holes

One of Missouri’s Popular Geological Showcases on Display at Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park

Johnson's Shut-InsMissouri boasts one of the nation’s best and most recognized state park systems and USA Today is helping tell the story of Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park – a geologic jewel of the Missouri State Parks.

Visitors to the park can play in the shallows of the East Fork of the Black River, shoot through Mother Nature’s hydraulics in the shut-ins, hike on a trail that reveals the area’s geologic history, take their horse on a pretty mountain trail, and enjoy attractive picnic areas, Ozark landscapes, natural places to swim, great campsites and more.  Johnson's Shut-Ins

The geology in Missouri State Parks is as diverse as many of the activities available to visitors.  With 87 state parks and historic sites spanning more than 145,000 acres, the Department of Natural Resources’ state park system has something for everyone.  Read our Missouri Resources magazine feature article to learn about just a few of Missouri’s geological showcases and begin planning your trip to one of Missouri’s special places.  DNR photos by Scott Myers.

 

Geologists Encourage Reading!

Public Libraries Hold Adventure

Geology Books“Minerals in Everyday Life” was the topic earlier this month during the Rolla Public Library’s Summer Reading Program when Vicki Voigt, one of our staff geologists, gave a  presentation about uses of minerals in society.  Children were able to ask questions and inspect the impressive rocks, minerals and fossils Vicki brought with her to the library.  Tailored for children K-6th grade students this program was very well-attended.

Vicki Voigt at Rolla Public LibraryEqually well-attended was the ”Rock Road Show” which was open to all ages.  This event featured a “Make and Take Your Own Rock and Mineral Set” activity. Throughout the evening, staff geologist Neil Elfrink answered questions about geology and identified rocks and minerals that went into the kits, along with rocks and minerals children brought to the library for him to identify.  See more photos!

The Rolla Public Library Summer Reading Program offers other activities for children and adults through most of July.  See the brochure.  The Rolla Public Library is located at 900 Pine Street, Rolla.

Neil Elfrink at Rolla Public LibraryPlan to visit the Rolla Public Library or your area library this summer to check out their books about rocks, minerals and fossils.

Visit our online store for geology books and other items [missourigeologystore.com] and if your summer plans include a trip through Rolla, be sure to stop by our Edward L. Clark Museum of Missouri Geology.   The museum is open for self-guided tours weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  We are located at 111 Fairgrounds Road in Rolla, Missouri.  Admission is free.

 

Rock Road Show for the Entire Family at the Rolla Public Library Thursday, June 6, 2013

Make and Take Your Own Rock and Mineral Set!

Learn about Rocks, Minerals and FossilsEveryone is encouraged to visit the Rolla Public Library Thursday, June 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. to create their own rock kit!

Neil Elfrink, a geologist with the Missouri Geological Survey, will be available to help identify the rocks and minerals that are going into the kits. So, bring any you have that you would like him to identify.

This event is free to all who participate!  Read more about the Rolla Public Library Summer Reading Program.  Check out the brochure.  The Rolla Public Library is located at 900 Pine Street, Rolla.

Learn more about the Missouri Geological Survey, and did you know we are celebrating 160 years of service to Missourians this year?  Visit our Edward L. Clark Museum of Missouri Geology, take a self-guided tour – admission is free!  Open weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., we are located at 111 Fairgrounds Road, Rolla.

Children K-6th Grade Have Opportunity to Learn About Geology at the Rolla Public Library Monday, June 3 and Thursday, June 6, 2013

Dig Into Reading Program

Minerals in Everyday Life Minerals in Everyday Life is the topic Monday, June 3 during the Summer Reading Program at the Rolla Public Library.  Vicki Voigt, a geologist with the Missouri Geological Survey will give an informative  presentation about minerals that may surprise you.  Vicki will have a number of impressive minerals on hand during the presentation.

Children who will be attending Kindergarten through 3rd grade next school year are invited to attend the 1-1:30 p.m. session.

Children going into grades 4-6 are invited to attend the 3-3:45 p.m. session.

Everyone is encouraged to visit Thursday, June 6 from 6-8 p.m. to create their own rock kit.  Neil Elfrink, a geologist with the Missouri Geological Survey, will be available to help identify the rocks and minerals that are going into the kits. So, bring any you have that you would like him to identify

Read more about the Rolla Public Library Summer Reading Program.  Check out the brochure.  The Rolla Public Library is located at 900 Pine Street, Rolla.

Learn more about the Missouri Geological Survey, and did you know we are celebrating 160 years of service to Missourians this year?  Visit our Edward L. Clark Museum of Missouri Geology, take a self-guided tour – admission is free!  Open weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., we are located at 111 Fairgrounds Road, Rolla.

 

 

 

“Get Your Home Ready for Earthquakes” Webinar May 30, 2013

The Central U.S. is in Earthquake Country

Get Your Home Ready for Earthquakes Webinar - May 30, 2013There is no earthquake season.  Earthquakes can cause damage at any time of the year. Earthquakes strike with little – if any warning, and can also occur in areas not considered to be in seismically active.  This was seen with the widely-felt magnitude 5.6 earthquake quake near Shawnee Oklahoma November 6, 2011 and the magnitude 5.8 quake in Mineral, Virginia August 23, 2011.

May 30, 2013, at 10 a.m. (CDT), you can join experts from the Central United States Earthquake Consortium, the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to learn how to protect your family and home from the impacts of earthquakes. 

During this brief 45 minute webinar, you will learn more about:

  • How to stay safe during an earthquake
  • How to minimize earthquake related damages in  your home
  • Ways to protect your business from earthquakes and other disasters
  • Common earthquake insurance questions
  • How to find free earthquake safety resources and more…

To participate:  RSVP by May 24, 2013 by emailing cusec@cusec.org.  After you RSVP, you will be sent login instructions to join the webinar on May 30.  Space is limited, so RSVP today!!! Locations of Earthquakes in the Past Seven Days

Missouri lies in the The New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ), the most active seismic area in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains.  Small earthquakes are recorded in Missouri nearly every day. These earthquakes typically are too small to be felt but are recorded on seismographs, devices that measure the earth’s movement.

Learn more about earthquake potential in Missouri and search for earthquake occurrences in the past seven days.

 

 

See Our Impressive Meteorite Exhibit this Summer!

Collection of Space Rocks on Loan

Visit us this summer and see the impressive display of meteorites in the Edward L. Clark Museum of Missouri Geology.  A space rock smaller than approximately one yard across will likely burn up completely during passage through Earth’s atmosphere.  This is what we see as meteors (shooting stars) and fireballs.  Larger space rocks up to approximately 10 yards across have a good chance of landing intact or in pieces on the Earth as meteorites.

Self-guided tours of the museum are available to the public weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Admission is free!  Closed on Holidays, we are located at 111 Fairgrounds Road, Rolla.  Admission is free of charge.  Check our website for more information.

 

We’re Talking Fossils — Friday, April 26, 2013

Lunch and Learn from 12:15 – 12:45 p.m.

Lunch and Learn from 12:15 – 12:45 p.m.The last geology presentation during our 160th Anniversary Open House will be about fossils.  Visit with staff, see special exhibits, and tour our McCracken Core Library and Research Center and Edward L. Clark Museum of Missouri Geology to learn about the contributions staff members have made to both the environmental and economic vitality of Missouri.

Plan to Visit us During Our Open House April 22-26, 2013Register during the Open House to win a stay at Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park or four passes to tour Onondaga Cave, in Onondaga Cave State Park.

We are located at 111 Fairgrounds Road, Rolla.  Admission is free of charge.  Check our website for more information

Learn About Water Wells and Groundwater — Thursday, April 25, 2013

Lunch and Learn from 12:15 – 12:45 p.m.

Visit us during our Open House -- April 22-26, 2013Turnout has been great for our geology presentations, and you have two more chances to join us during our 160th Anniversary Open House.  Thursday’s presentation is about water wells and groundwater.  Friday’s topic is fossils!

Visit with staff, see special exhibits, and tour our McCracken Core Library and Research Center and Edward L. Clark Museum of Missouri Geology to learn about the contributions staff members have made to both the environmental and economic vitality of Missouri.

Plan to Visit us During Our Open House April 22-26, 2013Register during the Open House to win a stay at Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park or four passes to tour Onondaga Cave, in Onondaga Cave State Park.

We are located at 111 Fairgrounds Road, Rolla.  Admission is free of charge.  Check our website for more information

Learn About Geologic Mapping Today, April 23 at 12:15 p.m.

Lunch and Learn – 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.

Geologic MappingDon’t forget, we are having daily Lunch and Learn presentations about geology during our 160th Anniversary Open House, April 22-26.

  • Tuesday, April 23 – Geologic Mapping
  • Wednesday, April 24 – Caves
  • Thursday, April 25 – Water Wells and Groundwater
  • Friday, April 26 – Fossils

Visit with staff, see special exhibits, and tour our McCracken Core Library and Research Center and Edward L. Clark Museum of Missouri Geology to learn about the contributions staff members have made to both the environmental and economic vitality of Missouri.

Plan to Visit us During Our Open House April 22-26, 2013Register during the Open House to win a stay at Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park or four passes to tour Onondaga Cave, in Onondaga Cave State Park.

We are located at 111 Fairgrounds Road, Rolla.  Admission is free of charge.  Check our website for more information.