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News Release, Kansas Geological Survey, Aug. 29, 2000

Survey Field Trip Set for October 7

LAWRENCE--Rocks and fossils of northeastern Kansas will be the focus of a non-technical field trip sponsored by the Kansas Geological Survey, based at the University of Kansas. The field trip is scheduled for Saturday, October 7, 2000. The trip is open to the public and will kick off this year's national Earth Science Week (October 8-14).

With several stops in the Lawrence and Topeka area, the field trip will provide a general introduction to the geology of the region. Participants will learn about basic bedrock geology at Clinton Lake spillway, see evidence of Ice Age glaciers, and investigate sandstone deposits left by an ancient river at Echo Cliffs near Dover. The trip's final stop will be a roadcut with numerous fossils of invertebrate animals that lived during the Pennsylvanian Period, about 300 million years ago.

Earth Science Week was established in 1998 by the American Geological Institute (AGI), based in Alexandria, Virginia, to educate people about Earth and the earth sciences. Helping the public learn about local geology is one of the goals of this year's Earth Science Week celebration.

The field trip will be open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis, and space is limited. Registration information is available from Liz Brosius (785-864-2063) or Rex Buchanan (785-864-2106) at the Kansas Geological Survey.

Links of interest to this article:
KGS Earth Science Week Page
American Geological Institute
AGI Earth Science Week Page

For more information, contact Liz Brosius or Rex Buchanan (785-864-2106)

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