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.
Learning about geology, protecting our drinking water, mineral resources, environmental geology, land surveying, dam safety, illegal dumping, and more!
As usual, we had a wonderful time when more than 350 Rolla 5th grade students visited our campus near the end of the school year. Students learned about careers in geology, land surveying and other areas of expertise with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. We have partnered with the Rolla Middle School for a number of years to help educate Rolla 5th grade students about careers, environmental stewardship and wise use of our natural resources. Check out photos from the day. Thanks to Jeannie Strain at Rolla Middle School for helping coordinate the effort each year and to Shannon Beck (Rolla Daily News reporter) for taking photos and publishing several in the newspaper and online.
We invite you to visit our Ed Clark Museum of Missouri Geology. We are 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. –Joe
Mp3 files are available for the last two issues of our magazine
Last fall, we began offering audio versions of articles that appear in our magazine. For example, our Rock Matters Mp3 file about meteorites can be found here. See this link for the e-print version. Visit the magazine’s main page for links to all e-print and mp3 versions. –Joe
Space rock relocates to Missouri
A rock found by a Missouri farmer in 2006 turns out to be a rare meteorite. Amateur meteorite hunters from St. Louis purchased the stone and took it to Geochemist Randy Korotev of Washington University in St. Louis who identified the space rock. Confirmed Aug. 27, 2011, the meteorite joins 22 other confirmed meteorites recovered in Missouri. Check in here next week and I’ll fill you in about the new meteorite display in our Ed Clark Museum of Missouri Geology. –Joe