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News Release, Kansas Geological Survey, Sept. 25, 2001

Survey Field Trip Set for October 13

LAWRENCE--Rocks and fossils of south-central 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 13, 2001. The trip is open to the public and is part of the Survey's participation in national Earth Science Week (October 7-13).

With several stops east of El Dorado, the field trip will provide a general introduction to the geology of the region. At Eureka City Lake, participants will learn about basic bedrock geology: limestones, shales, and sandstones that were deposited during the Pennsylvanian Period, about 300 million years ago. The trip will also stop at Toronto Lake to investigate sandstone deposits and then visit a quarry near Buffalo to learn about a rare (in Kansas) igneous, or once-molten, rock. Participants will also have an opportunity to collect fossils at one or two sites.

The field trip, which will depart Saturday morning from El Dorado, is open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis, and space is limited. A $15 registration fee will be charged per person. Additional information about this and previous field trips is available on the GeoKansas web site at

In addition to the bus trip, the Survey is also conducting a walking tour of geologic features in downtown Wichita. The tour will be led by Larry Skelton, Survey assistant director and manager of the Wichita Well Sample Library, a branch of the Survey. The tour will last about an hour and will introduce participants to a variety of stones used in downtown buildings. The walking tour is free of charge.

This is the second public field trip the Survey has conducted in celebration of Earth Science Week. Earth Science Week was established in 1998 by the American Geological Institute (AGI), based in Alexandria, Virginia, to educate people about the Earth and earth sciences. To find out more about Earth Science Week or to request an information kit, visit their web site at

To register for either trip, contact Liz Brosius (785-864-2063; or Rex Buchanan (785-864-2106; at the Kansas Geological Survey.

Story by Liz Brosius, (785) 864-2063
For more information, contact Liz Brosius or Rex Buchanan (785-864-2106)

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