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