Ohioans Encouraged to Celebrate Earth Science Week in Ohio
Ohio Geological Survey to take part in several events statewide
COLUMBUS, OH – Governor Ted Strickland has proclaimed October 10–16 as Earth Science Week in Ohio, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The governor’s proclamation, in conjunction with National Earth Science Week, is part of an effort to help increase awareness of how earth sciences impact the daily lives of all Ohioans and to cultivate interest in related fields of scientific study.
Sponsored annually by the American Geological Institute, Earth Science Week promotes national awareness of the natural world and encourages people to learn more about the geosciences. This year’s theme, “Exploring Energy,” reflects increasing interest in the exploration and development of existing and future energy resources.
“Earth provides us with the energy resources we need in our daily lives, such as coal, oil and natural gas,” said Ohio Geological Survey Chief Larry Wickstrom. “While it’s vital to continue exploring such resources, it is equally important to use them more efficiently and wisely and to research new and alternative energy sources for our future needs.”
The Ohio Geological Survey will be on hand for several events across the state to answer questions from the public about Ohio geology and the state’s energy resources. Staff geologists will join Ohio State Parks naturalists for hikes in state parks located in three of Ohio’s coal-bearing counties: Hocking Hills (Hocking County), Lake Hope (Athens County) and Shawnee (Scioto County) state parks. Geologists will discuss coal, oil and gas resources found in rock formations in these areas of the state, as well as how geology influences regional ecology and habitats.
For more details about Earth Science Week and events throughout Ohio, to read Governor Strickland’s proclamation and to access free educational resources, log on to the Ohio Geological Survey Web site at www.OhioGeology.com
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Web site at www.ohiodnr.com
For further information, contact:
Mac Swinford, Ohio Geological Survey
614. 265. 6473
Heidi Hetzel-Evans, ODNR Media Relations
614. 265. 6860