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News Release, Kansas Geological Survey, Sept. 28, 2009

KGS Announces Release of 2009 Earth Science Week Toolkits

The Kansas Geological Survey (KGS), in cooperation with the American Geological Institute (AGI), is supporting Earth Science Week activities this October 11-17, 2009, by making available Earth Science Week Toolkits. KGS is distributing the toolkits to individuals and groups interested in holding their own Earth Science Week activities and programs.

The Earth Science Week Toolkit contains information and resources for K-12 and university students and the public. Each toolkit includes an all-weather Rite in the Rain notebook; USGS climate educational materials; NASA Dynamic Earth DVD; GIS solutions for earth science education; wall posters, educational handouts and classroom activities based on National Science Education Standards. Additional resources and activities that complement the toolkits are available at the Earth Science Week website:

Earth Science Week is an annual event organized by AGI to help the public gain a better understanding and appreciation of the Earth sciences and to encourage stewardship of the Earth. The theme of Earth Science Week 2009 is "Understanding Climate" and will promote scientific understanding of a timely, vital topic: Earth's climate.

The Earth Science Week Toolkits can be obtained from either the Kansas Geological Survey, 1930 Constant Ave., Lawrence, KS 66047-3726 (phone 785-864-3965), or the KGS Wichita Well Sample Library, 4150 Monroe St., Wichita, KS 67209 (phone 316-943-2343) A limited supply are available free of charge, plus shipping and handling. After supplies are exhausted, additional copies may be purchased from AGI for the cost of shipping and handling ($6.95 in the United States). Kansas residents should call for specific sales tax owed. More information about KGS books, maps, and other products is available at the KGS website:

Link of interest to this article:
American Geological Institute's Earth Science Week website

Story by Shane Lyle, (785) 864-2063.

Kansas Geological Survey, Public Outreach