Yay! Earth Science Week is here! It starts this Sunday October 11 and goes through Saturday October 17

Earth Science Week is Oct 11-17, 2020 https://www.earthsciweek.org/about-esw.  The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is pleased to announce that the theme of Earth Science Week 2020 will be "Earth Materials in Our Lives” and will focus on the ways that Earth materials impact humans — and the ways human activity impacts these materials — in the 21st century.



A sidenote from Randy B:

I know there are many viewpoints on this topic of mineral use and extraction, and it can be thought provoking.  Humans have used Earth’s resources from early on in our development including the Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age, and Industrial Age through to the current day of the Technological Age we are living in.  From smart phones to solar panels, lithium batteries to LED lights, and computer screens to synthetic clothes; rocks and minerals are used to make all of these items and many, many more.  The human body is full of minerals vital for our survival.  Some of our N.C. State Parks were even formed because of humans use of rocks and minerals.   Like the conservation of Morrow Mountain’s  archaeological site and, separately, the use of local rocks in some of the park’s buildings.  Other areas of our state were conserved through local actions such as Crowders Mountain and Jockeys Ridge state parks to prevent the removal of Earth materials.  In our current Age, with the ever increasing speed of globalization and technological development, I think it is  important to understand what makes the things we use every day AND where it comes from on our Earth.


Of quartz, many people think they don’t know schist about rocks and minerals. Once you start digging through the Earth Science Week materials, you will find a full slate of rockin’ information. (I know, very tortured puns but that is all I have for a Friday afternoon).



Randy B


**Please note that my email has changed to randy.bechtel@ncparks.gov.  See more contact information below**


Randy Bechtel

Interpretation and Education Specialist

North Carolina State Parks


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